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                   FEBRUARY 1993 ISSN 0816-9004

              PEACE PLANS No. 1,050

      Includes Aphorisms, Proverbs, Quotes, Definitions, Explanations,
                        Corrections & Comments

            Collected by John Zube, especially from 1973 - 1993
              Somewhat corrected and supplemented in September 2002
                             Also in November 2008

John Zube, 35 Oxley St., Berrima, NSW 2777, Australia, Tel. (02)
                          48 771 436

                     ALPHABETICAL INDEX
 Incomplete: Any new heading included in the supplements of Nov. 08 are
                            not included!


The above alphabetical index has not been updated in 2008 but gives a rough indication
of the contents.

I invite such compilation from others for inclusion. Also free copying from my
collection. However, I cannot promise that I will enter all submissions from others into
this collection. For it I have tended to reject more entries than I have accepted, since I
have reservations about many of these sayings. With my own annotations, if I accept
them, I want them to come as close as possible to the truths as I see them, well aware that
others will disagree with me on many points. I do not want to include too many watered
down or incomplete or false statements and I do not want to have the labour of correcting
all those that I consider to be not good enough. But I would welcome larger and even
complete compilations of such sayings by others. Sooner or later, with open entry for
criticism, the flawed statements will then be corrected by others.

                                                         PIOT, John Zube,
( Panarchy In Our Time or: To each the government or non-governmental society of his
or her choice. )


SLOGANS                                     FOR LIBERT
       First Series, typed out, Jan. 1993, reproduced in PEACE PLANS 1050
          Somewhat corrected and supplemented in September 2002 &Nov. 08

         Collected by John Zube, 35 Oxley St., Berrima, NSW 2577, Australia.
      P.O. Box 52 Berrima, Australia, Tel. (02) 48 771 436

I hold that the essence of important ideas should not be copyrighted but copied as often as
possible and desirable.


            Let us try to make libertarian wisdom proverbial. - J.Z. 8.9.85.
          More so, if it is already. Make it catching or infective. - J.Z., 24.9.02.

„Es ist mit Meinungen, die man wagt, wie mit Steinen, die man voran im Brette bewegt;
  sie koennen geschlagen werden, aber sie haben ein Spiel eingeleitet, das gewonnen
                           Goethe, Sprueche in Prosa, Abt. II.
  ( ―Opinions one utters are like markers moved in a board game. They may be beaten,
                    but they introduce a game which will be won.‖ )

          ―Brule ce que tu as adore, adore ce que tu as brule, fier Sicambre!‖
 ( ―Burn what you have worshipped; worship what you have burned, proud Sicamber.‖ )
            Bishop Renugius when baptising Chlodwig, king of the Franks.

This collection does not only embrace slogans and catchwords and mere phrases but also
aphorisms, definitions, summaries, short discussions and refutations, etc. Often they are
no more than rephrasing of popular errors, myths and prejudices, - to come closer to the
truth. All are compiled under the assumption that the more concisely a truth can be stated,
the harder it will hit and the more it will be remembered and applied. This does not deny
at all that any essential truth ought also to be backed up by all the references that exist for
it. The sooner libertarians and anarchists finally compile complete bibliographies,
abstracts, indexes and review compilations and at last do get their full texts completely
into print, and keep them in print, at least in one quite affordable medium, like
microfiche, floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, external HDs, e-mail offers & online, the better.
Moreover, I would like them to sum up all their teachings in general and specialised
encyclopedias and I am working on several of them and welcome any help and
competition in such endeavours.
Some significant untruths are also stated, as requiring optimal responses, & as parts of a
future Encyclopaedia of the Best Refutations of Popular Errors, Myth and Prejudices that
are obstacles to progress. For easier future extraction they are indicated by ―DIS.‖
The secondary catchwords have, as a rule, put at the end, to make sorting more effective
and avoid duplicate entries much easier.

This collection is offered here as no more than a pilot scheme, in insufficiently edited
form, simply alphabetized by some catchwords and with some related ones mentioned.
No proper editing has taken place, just a single proof-reading after the typing and another
superficial one while converting these old digitized files to another format or while
sorting files together and checking the sort afterwards. After all, this is not to be, in this
version, a finished work but merely an initial and "open" collection, however many pages
it may come to. This means, it is open to all kinds of copying and distribution, additions
and corrections, in any medium and by anyone. But do sign your own entries or indicate
that they are by somebody else than me.
Alterations and supplements are especially invited. But rather add them to the previous
text than rewrite the original. Leave it in and write your own version, in addition to it. Let
others decide upon which version will be finally more widely accepted. If you have been
inspired by some other formulation, just mention the source or that there was another
version, which stimulated you.
Do also, like I did, dig into all kinds of quotation collections and libertarian writings for
such sayings.

Naturally, automated computerised indexing and cross-referencing is desired, too, for this
collection - and the hopefully fast growing coming-up improved and enlarged editions. I
may only get around to produce one or a few much smaller supplements over the next
few years. The rest is up to you.

Quite shamelessly I have copied from others. The best of human thinking can only be
brought together when one does not ask for permission for every quote. The source is
shortly indicated, to the extent that it was mentioned or noted by me.

I doubt that anyone can claim any or many very original contributions. They had almost
all of them similar predecessors, well known or unknown ones. The important thing is to
finally bring all the best pro liberty formulations or best attempts at them, so far
available, together, rather than continuing to have them dispersed over ca. 15,000
quotation books and hundred-thousands if not millions of other books, pamphlets, articles
and leaflets.
I did not have the time and energy to peruse and extract all the quotations collections
already offered online or to translate many quotes offered there for this collection. My
language knowledge is anyhow all too limited.

I do happen to be aware that many people are quite adverse to "mere" slogans, even when
they come in form of well thought-out declarations of individual rights. Nothing but
legalisation or formal and long statements of truths, in thick volumes and still thicker
volumes of case laws and commentaries seem to satisfy them. They are often the kind of
people who make a lot of money out of professionally confusing the issues and on
principle denying the value of most principles. See under LAWYERS, LEGISLATORS,

The battle for liberty, now going on already for several thousand years, will certainly not
be won by slogans alone, not even by the best ones and when they become always readily
on hand to anyone and at any time, quite easily. However, we should not expect, either,
that we will soon and fully be successful if we try to win without them altogether or with
only a few of them. We have to mobilise all our resources for this struggle. Thus slogans
for liberty are offered here but not only slogans as e.g.: FIOT through PIOT. (Freedom In
Our Time through Panarchy In Our Time.)

"Above all, we must live and work to preserve (J.Z.: and extend) freedom as if the whole
world were depending upon us - or it is. We are the last bastion of hope." - Charles
Heath, The Golden Egg. – Well, while we may not be the last and only hope, perhaps we
should mostly act as if we were. Our seemingly small contribution may also become an
important foundation stone. We might never know but we must assume that it could
happen. Otherwise the whole structure based upon natural liberties and rights might never
come about.



EDITORIAL NOTE: Perhaps all those entries here which are later repeated under ―S‖,
―SLOGANS‖ should be omitted here or the ―Slogans‖ section should be included here,
and also alphabetized, eliminating double entries,? – J.Z., 8.11.08.

WINGS OF WORDS: "Too Rare for the Wings of Words? The Wisdom in the market is
infinitely greater than exists in any person." - Leonard. E. Read, Awake for Freedom's
Sake. - Nevertheless, he tried to put wings on relevant words, in about 3 dozen books and
numerous essays, which I, to the extent that I had access to them and made use of them,
found all worth reading. - Which reminds me: Although I have possibly kept more of
them in print than FEE has, a collected works edition of this very able writer - as of many
others, remains to be produced. Hopefully, someone will start one, at least on microfiche
or CD. If well indexed, it would produce an encyclopaedia on liberty on its own. - J.Z.

"Phrases are the christening of ideas, ... though often abstract in the extreme, are never
violent.... and .... rarely ... pass the limits which separate the art of persuasion from the
mere practice of defiance." - H. Belloc, Danton, 117.

"Perhaps there was never a body better fitted to influence an isolated man by phrases,
continual conversation, and intrigue." - H. Belloc, Danton, 117.

To me "Slogans for Liberty" are like the accumulated titbits of the best conversations and
writings on a subject. They do thus make for interesting reading and stimulate new
thoughts. - J.Z. 19.1.93. Well, the own writings that I have included are certainly not
objectively the best but merely the best that I can offer. – J.Z., 8.11.08.

"The words we have spoken shall never be lost on earth!" - St. Just, quoted by H. Belloc,
IX of the preface to the revised edition of Danton.

OUR METAPHORS CONTROLS US." - Robert Anton Wilson, Schroedinger's Cat II,
155. – DIS.

METAPHORS, HIDDEN OR AMBIGUOUS ONES: They ought all to be brought out
into the open, in detail, in every particular case, not just indicated by general
classifications and rules. Slogans for Liberty may help to do that. - "Chaney learned
something from the poets, sure enough, although it was not what most of them were
consciously trying to teach. He learned that the third circuit of the hominid brain - the
semantic circuit - is easily manipulated into Seven Types of Ambiguity. He learned that
hidden metaphor is more effective than explicit metaphor, because the reader absorbs it
without observing it. He learned that the structure of the form easily becomes the
message itself. - He learned, in short, that domesticated hominids live in their own
semantic excreta, the spaces marked by metaphor.... Paul Watzlavik had demonstrated
more technically in his famous disinformation experiments, namely that: 1. primate
brains try to find meaning in everything; and 2. the more ambiguous the signals, the
more metaphysical the explanatory theories of primates become." - Robert Anton Wilson,
Schroedinger's Cat II, p.67. - If true, this makes in my opinion clear and open Slogans for
Liberty all the more necessary. ( And encyclopaedias of the best refutations and of the
best wordings to be used in attempting to persuade others: Entries marked: DIS. & RED.
) For a change, let us attempt to manipulate the others, with our slogans for liberty, clear
and truthful ones. While there are some cases for using lies - towards people not entitled
to a truth, in most cases Slogans for Liberty should be weapons that are openly worn and
shown and used. - J.Z., - 19.1.93.

Peruse or refer to this Slogans for Liberty collection: "The comfortable slogans, the
automatic thinking, the shielding, protective certainties that did away with the necessity
for unsettling objectivity and did so much to make the world seem secure - they might be
withering away in your mind and heart, you might even be subject to a certain genuine
terror now as you realized how much you might have shared, however idealistically, in
bringing your country to her present desperate position -..." - Allen Drury, A Shade of
Difference, p. 382.

―Tucker ... sold and printed sheets filled with anarchists slogans.‖ - Carl Watner, in JLS,
Fall 77, p. 317.

MAXIMS: "Scarcely any maxim is true in all respects." - Vauvenargues. - "We must take
them in pairs to find out the mean truth." - added John Viscount Morley, Oracles on Man
and Government, 212. - Why not by the dozens or even hundreds? - J.Z. 5/5/83. And
when we have finally found or formulated the truthful ones, we ought not just to bury
them somewhere but collect and publish them, sufficiently and permanently. - J.Z.

LANGUAGE: "Language clutches at us with unseen fingers. It conditions us to the way
others are thinking. Through language, we impose upon each other our ways of looking
at things." - Frank Herbert, The Priests of Psi, p.34. - Impose? - We try to ―impose‖ our
concepts on others but other are free to reject or improve them. - J.Z. 19.1.93, 8.11.08.

"We should lob over a few explosive slogans into the Socialist camp. I suggest:
Production for private profit means production for the use of the buyer. Production for
the State means production for the politicians." - Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST,
Feb. 54. - He wrote once that he had a large collection of pro-freedom sayings. Did he
burn it, like he did most of his correspondence, or does it still exist hidden in some boxes
stored away by one of his heirs? - J.Z., 19.1.93. - How can one stimulate them into
releasing this kind of treasure for publication? - J.Z., 24.9.02.

FALSE SLOGANS: "The good old American substitute for the facts." - Jacob M. Brande.
- All the more important it would be to collect and compile those which as truly represent
the facts as any words can. - J.Z., 19.1.93. And to systematically refute or correct the
false ones. – J.Z., 8.11.08.

PROVERB: A short sentence based on long experience. - Cervantes. - Since experiences
are often different and sometimes contrary, we should also expect some truthful slogans
on the same or related subject, which are different and sometimes contrary. All of the
experience of the world cannot be caught in a single image or phrase. One can catch of it
only as much as is possible in this way. - J.Z. 19.1.93

REPARTEE: "What a person thinks of after he became a departee." - Journal of the
American Medical Association. – ―What you wish you'd said.‖ - Heywood Brown. - What
should always be handy for you, where and whenever you need it most. Ultimately, with
the best repartee always on hand, it would become unnecessary to the extent that less
errors and prejudices or none at all would be any longer carelessly advanced. They might
thus become as rare as "indecent exposure" - outside of nudist camping grounds. - J.Z.

―The other side has pre-empted the slogans.‖ - Gary Sturgess, Nov. 83 Freedom
Conference. - Not pre-empted! But it has made the effort to flood the market with its
slogans. Since they do not have legal tender, we could drive them out with better slogans
- if we seriously tried. - J.Z. 8.9.85, 19.1.93.

“The thing that gives me, and has always given me, the most happiness in life is writing.
As Emerson said, "The mind celebrates a little triumph every time it formulates a
thought." I had one yesterday and it cheered me up all day.‖ - Kenneth Clark, THE

―The man who never reads will never be read, he who never quotes will never be quoted,
he who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves he has no brains of his
own.” - Charles H. Spurgeon.

―I learned enough Latin to see that great men in great ages need few words.‖ - James
Crockett, Chaos Enthroned, p.106.

―Any fool can make a rule.‖ - READER'S DIGEST, 6/80. - And it is likely to formulate
only a foolish one. And any wise man can coin several truthful rules, instead. - The first
sentence was taken from a note to Paul Dickson, How Things REALLY work. It is a 2
pages article of supposedly general rules. I found only 3 among these rules to be O.K. by
my standards. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

Slogans may be road signs in our minds, referring to possibly large and diverse
territories, leading us into or out of them. - J.Z. 19.1.93

Slogans for Liberty have so far been snowed under by their opposites. Here they have
been recovered, as far as possible for an individual and an attempt has been made to
breathe new or more life into them. But they still need further rehabilitation and breeding
efforts. Still more fire, life and enthusiasm has to be given to them. Do it, if you can and
want to. I wish you will! - J.Z. 12.7.86, 1.1.93, 8.11.08.

―Fit expression is so rare that mankind have a superstitious value for it, and it would
seem the whole human race agree to value a man precisely in proportion to his power of
expression; and to the most expressive man that has existed, namely, Shakespeare, they
have awarded the highest place.‖ - R. W. Emerson: The Superlative, 1847.

The French have an excellent and concise wording for it: "Bon mot!" ( A good word or a
good motto. ) Let us collect and publish all the "bon mots" for liberty. - J.Z., 24.9.02.
Bon mots were supposed to be a French specialty. I remember a life-saving one of the
French Revolution, according to one anecdote. A priest was waiting to be hanged on a
lamp post. He asked the mob: When you have taken that lamp down and hung me up
there - will you then have more light? - They laughed and let him go. - J.Z., 19.1.93. One
of my French teachers asserted: "Ce ne pas claire, ce ne pas Francaise!" ( It is not clear,
so it is not French! ) Alas, he did not teach me enough French. And the curriculum was so
absurd that we had the same lessons in 2 subsequent years.

When I first read Friedrich Schiller's plays, I was often under the impression that he had
merely copied a number of proverbs, in series, to fit into his dramatic structures. Only
later did I become aware that he had coined what had, in my time, become proverbial
wisdom. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

I spoke with many prisoners about their violent reactions to insulting remarks, which led
to assault and manslaughter charges against them. After many discussions and samples of
suitable repartee, we came, mostly, to agree that their violent reactions could have been
avoided and their opponent suitably smitten without blows - merely by some suitable
wordings. All freedom lovers should have an abundance of such put-downs on hand, not
only unarmed and armed self-defence knowledge and skills. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

―Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge
consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.‖ - S.T.
Coleridge: Aids to Reflection, 1825. - Let us mobilise all slogans and aphorisms for
liberty - to help win the battle for liberty. That might require a miniaturised
encyclopaedia, fitting into a wallet, with a hand-held viewer. - J.Z. 12.7.86, 19.1.93.
Now, in form of a flash memory stick, it would fit onto a key chain. As a viewer some of
the advanced mobile phones might already serve. Or they might access it online. – J.Z.,

―It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books - what other
men do not say in whole books.‖ - F. W. Nietzsche, The Twilight of the Idols, 1889. -
Ideally, what others say in 10 long sentences, one should be able to refute in a single
short one. Maybe after an ideal Encyclopaedia of Refutations has gradually been
developed, one will be able to do so, and be it only by a short reference to it. - J.Z. 1.1.93.

APHORISMS: ―The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of
some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some obvious and useful
truth in a few words.‖ - Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, Nov. 19, 1751.
CONSCIENCE IN PROVERBS: "In den Sprichwoertern sitzt das Gewissen des Volkes
zu Gericht." - Riehl. ( In proverbs the conscience of the people sits in judgement. ) So far
these judgments have all too often been wrong! – J.Z., 8.11.08.

SONGS & PROVERBS: In often hundred-thousands of songs each ethnic community
expressed its emotions. In possibly hundred-thousands of proverbs each expressed its
experience, wisdom and judgement. Even people who could not read could remember
and pass on songs and proverbs. They constituted the original mouth to mouth teachings
and propaganda. They can still be helpful today and are usually superior to legalese and
verbosity. And slogans for liberty should, by their very nature, be superior to errors on
liberty. Even if these ―bullets‖ do not hit and wound or kill the enemy, they at least might
make him duck or seek cover. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

PROVERBS: "Die Sprichwoerter leben in ewigem Krieg." - G. C. Lichtenberg,
Vermischte Sprueche. ( The proverbs live in eternal war with each other.‖ ) - Let us
attempt to finally win this proverbial battle, by finding, coining, collecting and applying
the truthful ones systematically against the hordes of untruthful ones. - J.Z. 21.7.86,

PROVERBS: "Sprichwoerter sind gleich den geheiligten Buechern jeder Nation der
Tempel der unmittelbaren Erkenntnis...― - Emerson. ( Retranslated: ―Proverbs, like the
holy scriptures of each nations, are their temples for immediate insights.‖ )

PROVERBIAL WISDOM: „Wie ist jede - aber auch jede - Sprache schoen, wenn in ihr
nicht nur geschwaetzt, sondern auch gesagt wird." - Christian Mortenstern, Stufen:
Sprueche. ( How beautiful, is every, really every language, once one not only chats in it
but makes a statement, too. )

TRUTH, CONCISE: "Die Wahrheit soll man sagen und dabei nicht viel Worte machen.―
- Demokrit, Fragmente, 44, bei K. Heinemann. ( One should speak the truth and this
without many words. )

TRUTH & ERRORS: "Der Irrtum wiederholt sich immerfort in der Tat, deswegen muss
man das Wahre unermuedlich in Worten wiederholen." - Goethe, Maximen und
Reflexionen, III. - All his writings, which contain many wise aphorisms, come to ca. 80
volumes. Few have time or interest to read them all. Thus these aphorisms ought to be
extracted. I have seen some such extracts. And from them pro-liberty expressions should
again be extracted. I tried this from at least one book of quotes from G. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

INFLUENCE OF WORDS: "Ein geistreich aufgeschlossenes Wort wirkt auf die
Ewigkeit.― - Goethe, Epigrammatisch: Lebensgenuss. ( „A wise expression affects
eternity.― )

INTELLIGENT READERS or listeners are required: "Es ist noch nicht alles ein
treffendes Wort zu sagen, man muss es verbreiten und ueberall hin aussaeen; andernfalls
ist es so gut wie verloren. Ich gestehe dir, dass es nichts Traurigeres gibt als eine
huebsche Phrase, die man gesagt hat, in den Ohren eines Dummkopfes sterben zu sehen,
der sie gehoert hat." - Montesquieu, Lettres persanes, 54. ( ―It is not enough to coin a
fitting phrase. One must spread and plant it everywhere. Otherwise, it is as good as lost. I
must admit to you that there is no more sorry sight than to see a nice phrase, which one
has expressed, die in the ears of a fool who heard it.‖ )

LIBERTY: "Ehe man ein schoenes Wort anwendet, muss man ihm einen Platz bereiten.‖
- Joubert, Gedanken und Maximen. ( Before one uses a bon mot one has to prepare a
place for it. - Joubert, Thoughts and Maximes. ) - The intention is here to present it in an
album ( intially a fiche file ) which might become widely known and respected and thus
paid some attention to, if consulted. To achieve that more than this first draft is required.
- J.Z. 18.1.93. By now I believe that a CD-ROM or DVD, together with a portable player,
would be even more powerful. - J.Z., 24.9.02.

MOBILITY OF SLOGANS: "Woerter muessen sich gut vom Papier loesen, d.h. sich
leicht in die Aufmerksamkeit und ins Gedaechtnis betten, sich leicht zitieren und
versetzen lassen.― - Joubert, Gedanken und Maximen. ( Words must come off well from
the paper, appeal to the attention and imbed themselves in memory. They must be easily
quotable and transferable. - Joubert, Thoughts and Maxims. )

EMPTY PHRASES: "Ich habe mich in meinem Leben vor nichts so sehr als vor leeren
Worten gehuetet, und eine Phrase, wobei nichts gedacht und empfunden war, schien mir
an anderen unertraeglich, an mir unmoeglich.― - Goethe. ( In my whole life I distanced
myself from nothing as much as from empty phrases. A phrase without a thought or a
feeling seemed intolerable for me in others and for myself it was impossible.) - Untruthful
or intentionally misleading phrases might even be worse, if it were not for their tendency
to provoke sound contradictions. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

BECKERATH, ULRICH VON -, started a small book with a few entries of "Positive
Formulas on Social Problems." They contained rather aphorisms and definitions than
mere slogans and catchwords. But sometimes the dividing line is hard to impossible to
see. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

SELF-EVIDENT: "Misstraue jeden Gedanken, der nicht selbstverstaendlich erscheint.― -
Jakob Bosshart, Bausteine. ( Distrust each thought which does not appear self-evident. -
Jakob Bosshart, Building Blocks.) - But doubt and examine even the seemingly self-
evident truths - until you have fully convinced yourself of their validity. - J.Z., 24.9.02.

GENERALISATIONS: Whoever tries to say something about everything says at best all
too little that is true about important particular matters. Usually generalizations contain
only some half-truths and at worst they contain no truth at all but merely a generalized
error.- J.Z. 8.11.82, 19.1.93, 8.11.08.

AN ATTEMPT was made in this collection to concentrate upon the most important
quotations, most important because all of them deal directly or indirectly with liberty,
justice, peace, genuine progress. - J.Z. 21.7.86, 19.1.93. – Well, most of them. – Don‘t
nail me to a barn door with one of the exceptions! - J.Z., 8.11.08.

A COLLECTION OF ANECDOTES AND MAXIMS is the greatest treasure for a man of
the world, if he knows how to insert the former properly into conversations and
remembers the latter at suitable occasions. - Goethe, Maxims and Reflections.

THE TASK was to compile a selection of those thoughts of the human spirit that are
indestructible effective, live and develop themselves and drive millions towards a great
aim which they do not see themselves.‖ - Karl Peltzer, Vorwort zu Das treffende Zitat, Ott
Verlag, Thun, 1957, referring to Gustav Theodor Fechner.

Contributions towards an attempt to make libertarian wisdom proverbial. - J.Z. 12.12.85.

IDEAS ignite each other, like electrical sparks. ( Die Ideen entzuenden einander wie die
elektrischen Funken. ) - J. J. Engel, Schriften, 17: Das Weihnachtsgeschenk. – Sparks can
ignite only the combustible! – J.Z., 8.11.08.

READING of a whole book is often not as profitable as the mature reflection on a single
sentence of it. - Paul Deussen, Geschichte der Philosophie, 1. Band, Einleitng, II, A.

BOREDOM: The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.‖ - Voltaire, L'Enfant
prodique, 1736. - Draw a veil a bit away from a new idea - but do not drop it altogether
and shove the idea suddenly and unexpectedly at someone, in all its naked glory. - J.Z.
5.7.86. – Some ideas are simply to alien, shocking or unexpected to get a good reception.
Then, if possible, they should be advanced as a joke. – J.Z., 8.11.08.

COMMUNICATION: ―Communication takes place only between equals.‖ - a remark
often quoted by Bob Cowin. – Robert Anton Wilson included this saying in one of his
observations. He may be its originator. – J.Z., 8.11.08. )

BOREDOM: Will the abundance of quotes offered here become boring? Hardly, if one
only selects a few at a time when one is particularly interested in a topic.

Will this collection be granted equal or even a superior status, that of an authority or of a
collection of authorities? I do hope so. Once it is fully developed by others. At least it
should reduce personality conflicts when one does not have to invent or remember a
decisive argument but refers to this "adjudicator" and finds it there, in a common
reference work.

EXTRACTS: Anybody is hereby invited to make short selections of those "slogans" he
considers to be the best and publish them at his expense. Some of those who come to like
his selection might then be willing to acquire the complete set, too.- J.Z. 19.1.93.

WIT AND BREVITY: "Brevity is the soul of wit." - Shakespeare, Hamlet, II, ca. 1601. -
Need I tell that I would also like to see a comprehensive collection of libertarian wit,
jokes and humour? THE LIBERTARIAN LYMPOON has finally been copied again &
micro-fiched by LMP. - J.Z. 19.1.93. I indicated with ―JOKES‖ entries that might fit into
a future encyclopaedia of libertarian jokes. – J.Z., 8.11.08.

―Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations.‖ - James Mackintosh, Progress of
Ethical Philosophy, 1830. - Do nations have any sense or only individuals? Maxims do
also condense the nonsense, the doubtful and the half-truths. Thus the wheat ought to be
separated from the chaff. I tried this for every entry in this collection and no one should
be surprised that I did not always succeed. - Please, do better! - J.Z. 16.2.86, 19.1.93.

SLOGANS OF LIBERTY: To reveal and attack the multiple wrongs and errors, myths
and prejudices which have become all too popular and do support the abuses,
oppressions, robberies and murders in this world and even threaten us with a world-wide
holocaust. - Thus this encyclopaedic effort needs much help, from many others, first
among them an encyclopaedic compilation of these errors etc., together with the best
refutations so far found and various forms of refutations for different kinds of people.
(DIS.) - Another handbook should deal with the best ways of launching or introducing
and wording these refutations, without unnecessarily stepping on too many toes, i.e.
insinuating and persuasive ways of putting an idea across to generally receptive people.
(RED.) For others humorous (JOKES) or even aggressive and insulting wordings are
sometimes suitable and ought thus to be collected, too. (RED.) - J.Z. 5.7.86, 19.1.93. - I
have long collected material towards such an encyclopaedia, under "Redensarten" (RED.)
(Ways of wording something more effectively, including formulas that ought to be
avoided because they cause unnecessary friction.) - J.Z., 23.9.02.

―Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye
ought to answer every man.‖ - Colossians VI, 6, c. 60.

―He who talks too much commits a sin.‖ - The Talmud (Pirke Aboth), c. 200. Thus do not
try to read this collection in one sitting, far less try to read all of it to others. Be as
selective as you can be - but also add your wisdom to one of the future editions. - J.Z.

TRUTH has such a face and such a mien, as to be loved needs only to be seen.‖ - John
Dryden, The Hind and the Panther, I, 1687.

TRUTH & PUBLIC OPINION: "The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often
the truth.” - Jean de la Bruyere, Caracteres, XII, 1688. - Thus, do not just copy from
collections of proverbs and quotes, discriminate, severely and as objectively as you can. -
J.Z. 19.1.93.

TRUTH AND ERROR: "The thing is not only to avoid error, but to attain immense
masses of truth." - Thomas Carlyle, Journal, Oct. 28, 1833. - Did Carlyle succeed in this
effort in his writings, on the subjects here summarised? I strongly doubt this. He was one
of the many historians biased against liberty. - J.Z. 19.1.93.
DISCRIMINATE: "The ability to discriminate between that which is true and that which
is false is one of the last attainments of the human mind.‖ - J. Fenimore Cooper, The
American Democrat, XLIV, 1838. - Of all the quotes in existence on the subjects here
dealt with, possibly no more than 1 in 10, one in 100 or even in 1,000 are truthful enough
by my own standards. - J.Z., 19.1.93.

FEWER WORDS ARE OFTEN MORE EFFECTIVE: ―As it is the mark of great minds
to say many things in a few words, so it is that of little minds to use many words to say
nothing.‖ - La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1665.

―A word to the wise is sufficient.‖ - English proverb, borrowed from the Latin, traced
back by Apperson to ca. 1598. Apparently borrowed from Terence, Phromio, III, c. 160
B.C.: Dictum sapienti sat est. The latter may have led to a Latin proverb: Verbum
sapienti satis est, commonly abbreviated to: Verbum sap. – But where and how does one
find the wise? – J.Z.,8.11.08.

―A word travels further than a man.‖ - German proverb.

―Burning words.‖ (Ardentia verba.) - Latin phrase.

WORDS, when well chosen, have so great a force in them that a description often gives
us more lively ideas than the sight of things themselves.‖ - Joseph Addison, The
Spectator, June 27, 1712. - Thinking of the money and efforts dedicated to eradicating
e.g. heart disease, cancer, M.S., etc., one would think that sound ideas and concise verbal
solutions to major social problems would be sought with similar effort and expense.
Instead, the same old and in-effective quack cures like price control for inflation, are
advanced again and again, for centuries. - J.Z., 19.1.93.

WORDS are the most powerful drug used by mankind.‖ - Rudyard Kipling, Speech in
London, Feb. 14, 1923. - Slogans for liberty could become an effective medicine. - J.Z.,
5.7.86, 19.1.93.

WORDS AND GOVERNMENT: "With words we govern men." - Benjamin Disraeli,
Contarini Fleming, I, 21, 1832. - And with better words we can un-govern them. - J.Z.,
6.7.82, 5.7.86.

Syllables govern the world. - John Selden, Table-Talk: Power State. - Syllables could
help to ungovern it! - J.Z., 24.9.02.

WORDS: "How forcible are right words!" - Old Testament : Job VI, 25, c. 325 B.C.

SOFTLY DOES IT? EASY DOES IT? "Concerning great things one should either be
silent or speak softly.‖ - Nietzsche, The Will to Power, 1888, tr. Anthony M. Ludovici. - I
would rather say: politely and yet loudly and decisively enough. - Lift these slogan up
(improve them), as much as you can, until they become really clear, decisive and as such
much admired and respected. - J.Z. 20.11.85, 19.1.93. – RED., DIS.
―The majority of those who put together collections of verses or epigrams, resemble those
who eat cherries or oysters: they begin by choosing the best and end by eating
everything.‖ - Chamfort, Maxims et pensees, 1805, 1. - This is a danger in this collection,
too. Help me to select and make or combine the best only. - J.Z. 20.11.85. - The Website
and e-mail offers of FREEDOM'S NEST may have already succumbed to this down-
sliding tendency. Any efforts conducted merely by individuals will have this trend.
Quality controls are needed here, too. Maybe they would best be provided by
competitively compiled and published extracts. - J.Z., 24.9.02.

―Most people have ears, but few have judgement; tickle those ears, and, depend upon it,
you will catch their judgements, such as they are.‖ - Lord Chesterfield, Letters to His
Son, Dec. 9, 1749.

―Nothing is as dangerous for the state as those who would govern kingdoms with maxims
found in books.‖ - Cardinal Richelieu, Political Testament, 1687, 1.8. - I would rather
say: Try to ―ungovern ― people with sound maxims. Anyhow, rulers are rarely book-
worms and as rulers have rarely time to read. – Hindenburg, the former general and later
president of the Weimar Republic got old but not wise enough not to hand over power to
a man like Hitler. Hindenburg even bragged once that, after school, he never read more
than 2 or 3 books. It seems that anybody can become President. - J.Z., 19.1.93, 8.11.08.

SOUNDNESS: "We oftener say things because we can say them well, than because they
are sound and reasonable.‖ - Walter Savage Landor, Marcus Tullius and Quinctus
Cicero, Imaginary Conversations, 1824-53. - Here an attempt is made, as imperfect as an
attempt by an individual must be, to combine soundness with polished wordings. - J.Z.
20.11.85. – As opposed to ―Brilliantly formulated absurdities‖ – as Ulrich von Beckerath
remarked concerning a particular writer. – J.Z., 8.11.08.

REPETITION: "After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin
to realize it has meaning and may even be true.‖ - H. G. Wells, The Happy Turning,
1946, 3-4. - On the other hand, a lot of quite thoughtless repetition can also occur and
become thus re-enforced. It depends upon the recipient or repetitor. But it is true that
important truths need to be expressed repeatedly for their maximum chance to become
effective. - J.Z. 19.1.93. - "Say it often enough and the most profound truth becomes first
a cliché, and then a meaningless noise." - Jerry Pournell, FAR FRONTIERS, Winter
1986, p. 150. - I have been an atheist for decades and tried to replace all cursing by a
fraction from a song:" Oh, Suzan, how life is beautiful, nevertheless!" Alas, now and
then, I still slip into a:"Jesus Christ!" or :"God Damn!" They have become mere
expletives, regardless of the original meaning. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

Genius: "He whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save
the knack of expression; he throws out occasionally a lucky hint at truths of which every
human soul is profoundly though unutterably conscious." - Nathaniel Hawhorne, The
Procession of Life, Mosses from an Old Manse, 1846.
Genius: "The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to
saying the something which is not everything that should be said." - Edgar Allan Poe,
Marginalia, 1844-49, 9. - Being no genius, I am satisfied with offering some corrections
and some food for thought and asking for more. - J.Z. 10.1.85, 19.1.93.

THOUGHTS: "When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected."
- Vauvenargues, Reflections and Maxims, 1746, 3. – Rather, develop & strengthen it
properly and shorten it as much as possible! – J.Z., 8.11.08.

―Expressions of our ideals can be so powerful in their quality of imagination and design
that the media cannot ignore them and so positive that they cannot be trivialized or
turned against us.‖ - Bob James, in LIBERTARIAN WORKERS BULLETIN, Dec. 85,

Proverbial wisdom is so far still very incomplete, while proverbial errors and myths
abound. An attempt has been made here to select the truthful ones or correct the existing
proverbs until they approach the truth more closely, furthermore, to eliminate the
erroneous ones. But one individual cannot possibly finish the job. Hundreds, if not
millions, ought to collaborate. If one could involve e.g. the millions who now participate
in electronic bulletin boards, the job could approach completion relatively fast. -
Scanning and CD technology seem to be under-utilized for copying and integrating and
making accessible all collections of quotations and providing special selections from the
total, e.g. sayings for liberty. - Their technology can do but its fans don't. - J.Z. 14.12.85,

PROVERBS: "The ready money of human experience." - J. R. Lowell, My Study
Windows, 1871.

PROVERBS: "A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom." - Ascribed to Lord
John Russell, 1792-1878.

PROVERBS: "Nothing can beat a proverb." - Irish proverb. - Except a better one. J.Z.

PROVERBS: ―Judge a man by his favourite proverbs.‖ - French proverb.

PROVERBS: Proverbs in talk are torches in the dark.‖ - Bosnian Proverb. Are or can
be? - Proverbs can be torches in the dark. - J.Z. 9.7.86.

PROVERBS: A man's life is often built upon a proverb.‖ - German proverb. - Make sure
it is a correct one. - J.Z. 9.7.86.

PROVERBS: He who knows proverbs well can get out of almost any difficulty.‖ - Hindu
proverb. - Only if he knows and appreciates the truthful ones. -J.Z., 19.1.93. – It seems
that before man became literate and book publishing common, proverbs, songs, jokes &
poems as well as curses and insulting remarks constituted mankind‘s ―memory bank‖ or
―literature‖. – J.Z., 8.11.08.

PROVERBS: Judge a country by the quality of its proverbs.‖ - German proverb. -
Libertarianism will come into its own once its slogans come into their own. - J.Z. 9.7.86.

PROVERBS: A proverb is much matter decocted into few words.‖ - Thomas Fuller,
Worthies of England, II, 1662.

―Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations.‖ - James Mackintosh, Progress of
Ethical Philosophy, 1830.

INSIGHT: A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.‖ - O. W. Holmes,
The Professor at the Breakfast Table, x, 1859. - Slogans at their best try to be insights
expressed with a few words, although they may embody many lifetimes of experience. -
J.Z. 10.7.86, 19.1.93.

―Words Work.‖ - Dangerous Buttons, No. 474. - Dangerous Buttons were provided, in
1985 from the following address : 2727 - J. So. Croddy Way, Santa Ana, CA 92 704. - I
do hope that button makers etc. will make extensive use of my collection. J.Z. 19.1.93.

WORDS: A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.‖ - Robert Burton,
The Anatomy of Melancholy, i, sec.ii, memb 4, subs.4, 1621, quoted as an old saying. –
Sometimes! – J.Z.

PROVERBS & WISDOM: "Solomon made a book of proverbs, but a book of proverbs
never made a Solomon." - English proverbs. - However, Solomonic wisdom should be at
the fingertips even of fools. - J.Z. 15.11.85.

HEARTS: "The Maxims of men disclose their hearts." - French proverb. - I do hope that
the slogans etc. here collected disclose and convey not only our hearts but also our
thoughts. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

ONESIDEDNESS: "The proverbist knows nothing of the two sides of a question. He
knows only the roundness of answers." - Karl Shapiro, The Bourgeois Poet, 1964, 1.10. -
If the opposite is sometimes also true, it should be concisely stated, too. - J.Z. 15.11.85. -
And often is, in a separate proverb. Who would deny that a single statement can often not
cover all aspects of a fact or a principle? - J.Z. 19.1.93.

SHORTNESS: "A short saying oft contains much wisdom." - Sophocles, Aletes, 5th c.
B.C., 99, tr. M. H. Morgan. - although most others might be foolish or only partly true. -
J.Z. 15.11.85.

Slogans for liberty - and snippets of wisdom, considered to be useful to libertarians,
anarchists, individualists, min-archists, voluntaryists, pluralists, all members of minority
groups, peace lovers, longevity fans, space nuts, social reformers, revolutionaries,
utopians, panarchists, marketeers, laissez faire, human rights and economic freedom
advocates. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

Little bits of wisdom, continuously collected, amended and supplemented and finally
integrated and indexed and properly edited, can provide a treasure cove of wisdom,
available to anyone, anywhere, e.g. on microfiche, disk, flash memory or online. - J.Z.
20.11.85, 19.1.93.

“Though old the thought and oft exprest, 'Tis his at last who says it best.‖ - James Russell
Lowell, For an Autograph, Under the Willows and Other Powems, 1868.

CATCHWORDS & BREAD: "Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but
principally by catchwords.‖ - Robert Louis Stevenson, title essay, 2, Virginibus
Puerisque, 1881. - And he can starve if he chooses wrong ones. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

Untwist men's minds: "Man's mind is twisted into a thousand fantastic shapes, and
paralysed by system and authority." - Henry George Atkinson, in letter to Harriet
Martineau, p. 174 of Man's Nature & Development.

―Slogans were based more upon a contrived association of words than a distillation of
ideas.‖ - Lloyd Biggle Jr., The World Menders, I, ANALOG, 2/71, p. 36. - Slogans for
liberty tries to do the opposite. - J.Z.

EXPERIENCE: "A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience." - Cervantes,
Don Quixote.

Dare to speak the truth, suitably and concisely worded: "Yet who but Conor Larkin would
stand up and shout truth into a hurricane of illusions?" - Leon Uris, Trinity, Corgi
Books, London, 1977, p. 832.

Intellectual hygiene: "...impose some intellectual hygiene in the minds of people." -
source? Arthur Koestler?

Prophecies synthesized: "...all we have to do is take the words of other prophets and
synthesize them." - Lee Correy, Manna, ANALOG 7/83, p. 158.

Happiness: "Is there then any such happiness as for a man's mind to be raised above the
confusion of things, where he may have a respect of the order of nature and the error of
men?" - Francis Bacon, quoted in Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, 112.

Fight back with correct slogans: "...we get stymied by certain words and phrases that
cause us to give up on things before we really try." - L. Neil Smith, The Nagasaki Vector,

WORDS: "His words pressed down like the plunger of a fuse box setting off the
explosion;..." - Ayn Rand, Roark & Cameron, p. 419 of L. Peikoff, The Early A.R.
PURITY OF THOUGHT: "... je reiner das Feuer, desto weniger Rauch; und je reiner die
menschliche Lehre, je weniger Worte... Das viele Wortwesen ist ganz und gar nicht fuer
den gemeinen Mann. Je mehr Worte, desto schwaecher drueckt man fuer ihn aus, was
man fuer ihn am Herzen hat. Die vielen Worte bringen ihm alles durcheinander, und
heben ihm jeden Augenblick hundert Nebensachen ueber die Hauptsache empor." -
Pestalozzi, Lienhard & Gertrud, S.316. ( The better a fire burns, the less smoke. The
purer a teaching is, the less words it requires. ... Verbosity is not at all for the common
man. The more words are used, the weaker becomes the idea expressed which one wants
to communicate to him. The numerous words confuse everything for him. They raise at
any moment hundred side issues above the main one. )

Short but significant fragments of libertarian thinking. Together they can still not
formulate the whole case. But they do express a large and easily retrievable and
communicable part of it. - J.Z. 27.7.92, 19.1.93.

LANGUAGE AND INFORMATION: "We might better say that great literature is
language charged with information, in Shannon's sense;... - Robert Anton Wilson, Right
Where You Are Sitting Now, p.153. Somewhere else in this book, he quotes Ezra Pound
as saying: "Great literature is language charged with meaning to the utmost possible

METAPHORS: "Don't let Satan bring your metaphors." - R. A. Wilson, Right Where
You Are Sitting Now, p.154. - Choose only the best - or make your own. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

PROVERBIAL WISDOM: All the vague notions and generalities in their assumed or
asserted relationships, do more often mislead than lead out of troubles, if uncritically
chosen and applied. However, via surveys and critical comments and qualifications, the
wheat can and should be sifted from the chaff and even the chaff could be changed into
something useful. - J.Z. 26.7.92, 19.1.93.

REVOLUTION: ―A political revolution may require a regeneration ( or decolonization?
) of vocabulary. The reverse may also be true.‖ - David V.J. Bell, Power, Influence &
Authority, Preface, XI.

True words, a right: Saying true words "is not the privilege of some few men, but the right
of every man." - Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1970, p. 76, quoted by David
V.J. Bell, Power, Influence & Authority, XII. - But they do not always and everywhere
come to mind when they are needed most. - J.Z. 25.7.92. - It is the right of everyone to
help me and himself to make them so available. - J.Z., 19.1.93.

Slogans for Liberty: An attempt to make truths shine like stars in a clear night. - J.Z.

PROVERBS: "Proverbs are the mirror of a people. If we read the proverbs of the
Sumerians or Israelites, ancient as the sands of the desert, we begin to realize how little
we have added in all the thousands of years to their wisdom of life." ... ―Much cherished
wisdom of Western philosophers was, millennia before, folk wisdom in other continents."
- D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought, p.91. - If they had been properly collected and
published, they would not have to be rediscovered again and again. Alas, that applies to
most positive ideas and discoveries, until a proper ideas archive and information service
will be established. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

―Words are more powerful than munitions.‖ - Albert Camus, essay: ―Neither victims nor

Why Slogans for Liberty? In another attempt to effectively stop delusions, illusions and
confusions. - J.Z., n.d.

Words or swords? "I would hesitate to guess whether words or swords were overall the
more important weapons in the power struggles that fill history books." - Stanley
Schmidt, editorial, ANALOG, July 87, p. 5. - Or in the struggles against political power!
- J.Z. n.d.

Words: "...Words that carry weight." - John Hargraves, 1940, Words Win Wars, 188.

―Words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces
that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think." - Quoted by John Hargraves, 1940,
in Words Win Wars, p. 83.

WORDS: "... by means of the telling phrase, the sword thrust of syllabl'd sound, words
can 'evaporate' tribes, kingdoms, nations, empires, republics, and states of every kind,
whether Soviet, Fascist, Nazi, Pluto-democratic, or in-between hodge-podge. Nothing
can stand against words." - John Hargraves, 1940, Words Win Wars.

Metaphors, master of: "The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor." -

QUOTES AND SELF-EXPRESSION: "I quote others only the better to express myself."
- Michael de Montaigne. - One has anyhow, in most cases, to use the words and
grammar, as well as ideas and definitions invented by others. At best one can only add a
little bit of sense. But this one ought to do. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

How to say it: "All the fun's in how you say a thing." - Robert Frost.

WORDS AS WEAPONS: "But there are weapons you cannot hold in your hands. You
can only hold them in your mind." - Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.27. - You
probably could not carry a paper print-out of a Slogans for Liberty encyclopedia - once it
is close to being finished, for the time being. It might come to 20,000 pages. However, on
fiche you could probably hold it in one hand - and in the other a viewer. - J.Z. 19.1.93.
Presenting the case : "The counsel is of the highest order, namely, effective resistance to
socialistic know-it-all-ness does no consist in smiting them - name-calling and so on - but
only by the positive approach: presenting the case for liberty far better than we have
been doing." – Leonard E. Read, How Do We Know? p.97.

EXPRESSION: "And among them all I have never come upon one more spiritual and
religious than the notable and quotable Ralph Waldo Emerson. In my 27 books I have
quoted him far more than any other. I quote Emerson and others the better to express
myself." – Leonard E. Read, How Do We Know? p.63.

Defending a good cause: "The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be
skilfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended." - Bastiat, Sophisms, p.107.

WORDS: "Das Wort muss eine Faust sein, keine Zeigefinger: Zuschlagen. Treffen." -
Konstantin Wecker, 1977, Das K.W. Buch, 10. ( The word must be a fist, not an index
finger. Aim and hit. )

CAUTION: In sparking minds some of these thoughts can become H.E. - J.Z. 4.8.92.

ELOQUENCE: "The finest eloquence is that which gets things done; the worst is that
which delays them." - David Lloyd George, Speech, Paris Peace Conference, Jan. 1919.

Unfair, sinister, devious? "Die ihm innewohnende Noblesse verbietet ihm die Kreation
von Slogans, jener heimtueckischen Waffen der Manipulation, ohne die eine moderne
Bewegung, besonders in 'Kriegszeiten', gleichwohl nicht erfolgreich zu bestehen
vermag." - Hans Habe, Leben fuer den Journalismus, Bd. 4, 47/48. ( His natural nobility
did not permit him to create slogans, those unfair weapons of manipulation, without
which a modern movement, especially in times of war, cannot be successfully conducted.
) - A behaviour that is right and honourable and useful towards wrongful and incorrect
slogans, namely the determination not to use and abuse them to manipulate and victimize
other people, does not make sense when the slogans are moral and truthful and are used
not to manipulate peaceful people but to liberate them from oppression and protect them
against aggression and abuse from those who are under the spells of the wrong slogans.
Why throw out the child with the bathwater? Slogans are not necessarily full of lies and
deception. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

ANTHOLOGY: "A well-chosen anthology is a complete dispensary of medicine for the
more common mental disorders, and may be used as much for prevention as cure." -
Robert Graves, On English Poetry, 1962.

BREVITY: Brevity, like all virtues, can become a vice if pushed to extremes.‖ - Henry
Boettinger, Moving Mountains, p.116. - Terms like : "Love Is All", "God is All" and
"Universal Consciousness!" strike me like that. - J.Z., 19.1.93.

BREVITY: "Extreme brevity leads to a cryptic style, which requires excessive work by
the audience to decode your meaning. The whole purpose of a presentation is
understanding. When the meaning of an ideas must be guessed at, instead of being clear
to the average eye and mind, mistakes, discord, disputes, and confusion result. The tests
of whether an expression is clear and elegant are these : Is it ambiguous? Is it
embarrassing? Are its images or examples farfetched? Is it difficult to relate to those
thoughts of common sense that lie at the core of human nature? If the answer to any of
these is Yes, it requires more work." - Henry Boettinger, Moving Mountains, 117. - Some
slogans become clear only in connection with others. - J.Z. 15.6.92.

ELEGANCE: "... the nature of elegance : no motion wasted, yet nothing essential
missing,…" - Henry Boettinger, Moving Mountains, 117. - It has been said of Heine's
verses that you could not add or subtract a word without destroying their beauty and
meaning. J.Z., 21.1.93.

BOOKS: Sometimes one line is worth more than 100 books.‖ - Zarlenga.

QUOTES: All minds quote. Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment.
There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands... The highest statement of new
philosophy complacently caps itself with some prophetic maxim from the oldest
learning." - Emerson, in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs, concluding quote.

Winged Words. - Homer, Iliad, Bk XX, I, 331. This phrase occurs 46 times in the Iliad
and 58 times in the Odyssey. - Winged Words or "Gefluegelte Worte" is the title of a
book by George Buechmann, on proverbs and famous phrases.

Famous remarks are seldom quoted correctly.‖ - Simeon Strunsky, No Mean City, ch. 38,
1944. - Why should they be? Slogans and aphorisms have a life of their own - once they
have been uttered. Help optimize them. - J.Z. 8.7.82.

CAPTIVATING WORDS: "Whose words all ears took captive." - Shakespeare, All's
Well that Ends Well, Act V, sc. 3.1.17.

WORDS: Words like wildfire.‖ - Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece, St. 217.

WORDS: Words should be scattered like seed; no matter how small the seed may be, if it
has once found favorable ground, it unfolds its strength.‖ - Seneca, Epistulae ad
Lucilium, Epis. 38, sec.2.

WORDS: Few words, but to effect.‖ - Shakespeare, King Lear, Act III, sc. 1, 1.52.

WORDS: Choice words and measured phrase, above the reach of ordinary men.‖ -
Wordsworth, Resolution and Independence, St. 14. - But through this collection within
reach of all! - J.Z., n.d.

CLEARNESS: Clearness is the most important matter in the use of words.‖ (
Perspicuitas in verbis praecipuam habet proprietatem. ) - Quintilian, De Institutione
Oratoria, bk. VII, ch. 2, sec. 1.
Big Guns : "The artillery of words." - Swift, Ode to Sancroft, 1.13.

WORDS: Words of truth and soberness.‖ - New Testament, Acts, XXVI, 25.

WORDS: Words pregnant with celestial fire.‖ - Cowper, Boadicea, St. 9.

TRUTH: Truth enters the mind so naturally that when one hears it for the first time, it
seems one is only remembering what one already knows.‖ - Fontenelle, French writer,
quoted in Omni, 11/79, p. 134. Another version: "Truth enters the mind so easily that
when we hear it for the first time it seems as if we were simply recalling it to memory." -
Bernard de Fontenelle, Histoire du renouvellement de l'Academie des Sciences, pref.
1708. - Alas, that does not apply to every mind but only to those of a somewhat elevated
and self-improved level. But these are precisely the people one ought to approach first, if
one can reach them and, hopefully, such an encyclopaedia will reach many of them. - J.Z.

SLOGANS: Slogans are no cure all, no solutions by themselves. They are merely counter
poisons or neutralizing agents or counter-balances. They cannot do your thinking for you.
At best they can only stimulate it or make it possible and guide it by removing the
garbage which is blocking your thinking channels. - J.Z. 31.5.79, 19.1.93.

WORDS: You never can tell when you send a word, like an arrow shot from a bow, by an
archer blind, be it cruel or kind, just where it may chance to go.‖ - Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
You Never Can Tell.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY: When I am collecting, pondering, copying, typing or
commenting upon these sayings, then I find myself in some sort of conversation with
some of the best minds of all times, to the extent that their statements have come upon us,
that I have found them and really noticed them. I am even free to contradict them
altogether, at my own peril. This contact is somewhat impersonal and yet very intimate. It
can be a very stimulating experience, sometimes better than conversations with many live
persons. How many truly great people does one ever meet? I will forever treasure the
high I got from a weekend talk feast with Dr. J. J. Martin, in Colorado Springs, in 1990.
Only on the second day did there occur a disagreement and this on a mere two points. At
least one other famous guy was a let-down for me, due to the remaining prejudices in his
world view, and other famous ones I met only all too shortly. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

TRUTHS: Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by
contagion." - Amiel, Journal, 26 Oct., 1875. - Slogans for liberty can be the infective
germs that help make these truths contagious. - J.Z. 9.7.82, 19.1.93.

Governments and Slogans: "A government floats on slogans, breathes deeply i the smog
of unstated premises, and feeds on non-rational behaviour." - Chad Oliver, Just like a
Man, FANTASTIC, July 66. - Pull the plug on it, clear the air around it and deprive it of
nourishment, by finding, collecting and using proper counter slogans, based on stated
premises and rational behaviour. - J.Z. 15.7.82.

PLATITUDES: In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It
makes the whole world kin." - Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, Act I.

Official phrasemongers: "Why are the people still taken in by the false idealism of official
phrasemongers?" - Herman Hesse, Shall there Be Peace? - Because the rightful and
rational idealists have not countered them by a collection of their best private thoughts. -
J.Z. 15.7.82.

Propaganda, false: You are not even aware how easily you become a prey to propaganda
because certain slogans, by virtue of endless repetition, are eventually taken for
granted." - Gustav Stolper, This Age of Fable, p.11. - Help destroy them with this
collection of "tools" and help multiply these tools. - J.Z., n.d.

SLOGANS: Why slogans? "To take arms against a sea of troubles." - Shakespeare,
Hamlet, Act III, sc. 1, 1.59.

WRITE: Write something great.‖ ( Scribe aliquid magnum.) – Martial, Epigrams, Bk. i,
ep. 107, 1.2.

CONTEXT: "Some quotations are greatly improved by lack of context." - source? - In the
given contexts they are untrue. In another context they are truthful. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

VOLLEY: A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly shot off." - Shakespeare, The
Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act ii, sc. 4, 1.33.

PROVERBS: The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs." -
Francis Bacon, Essays.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY: Don't let dictionaries and reference works be compiled only
or mainly by coercive collectivists! - J.Z., n.d., & 19.1.93.

REPETITION: Repeat slogans to the extent that they help your case. "If you have
something of particular importance to say to an audience, begin the address with it,
repeat it in the middle and conclude with it, and don't apologise." - Advice by King
George V, quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, 8/78.

AFTERISM: Aphorism: a concise, clever statement. Afterism: a concise, clever statement
you don't think of until too late." - James Alexander Thorn, READER‘S DIGEST, 8/80. -
Therefore, carry a collection of aphorisms with you, in a wallet, on microfiche, with a
hand-held viewing machine, both fitting into your pockets, wherever you might need
them, perhaps even with some other micro-fiched reference works. – J.Z., 20.1.93. – Or
in a disk, or flash memory stick, etc. – J.Z., 8.11.08.
WORDS: Words are nails for fixing ideas.‖ - Il Giorno, Milan, in READER‘S DIGEST,

APHORISMEN: Eine ganze Milchstrasse von Einfaellen." - G. C. Lichtenberg. ( A whole
galaxy of ideas. )

SHORT EXPRESSIONS provide wide thoughts.‖ - Jean Paul. ( ―Sprachkuerze gibt

CONTRADICTION & APPROVAL ARE THE AIM: Ein Aphorismus, der lebhaften
Widerspruch ausloest, has seinen Sinn fast ebensowenig verfehlt wie einer, der rasche
Zustimmung findet." - Joachim Guenther. ( An aphorism leading to lively contradictions
has missed its mark by almost as little as one which is rapidly approved. )

STIMULATION: Aphorismen regen den Verfassr zum Denken an." - Heinrich Wiesner. (
Aphorisms inspire the author to think. ) - Not only the author but also the readers and
listeners of it. And that may be their most important contribution. - J.Z. 15.7.82.

INCOMPLETE & YET SUGGESTIVE: Der Aphorismus ist ein Sektor, der den Kreis
ahnen laesst.‖ - Heinrich Wiener. - ( The aphorism is a segment of a circle which
suggests the circle. )

INTERPRETATION REQUIRED: Ein Aphorismus, rechtschaffen gepraegt und
ausgegossen, ist damit, dass er abgelesen ist, noch nicht 'entziffert'; vielmehr hat nun erst
dessen Auslegung zu beginnen, zu der es einer Kunst der Auslegung bearf." - Friedrich
Nietzsche. ( An aphorism properly coined is not decoded merely by reading it. Reading is
only the beginning of its interpretation and that is an art in itself. ) - The better its
formulation the less interpretation it would require. After all, we are not concerned with
oracles and riddles here. - J.Z. 20.1.93.

MOVING THOUGHTS: Im Aphorismus ist der Gedanke nicht zu Hause, sondern auf
dem Sprung." - Helmut Arntzen. ( In an aphorism a thought is not comfortable settled at
home but, rather, on the road.‖ Or: ―A thought is not settled in an aphorism but rather
passing through it.‖ )

CONCLUSIONS: Ein Aphorismus ist der letzte Ring einer langen Gedankenkette." -
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach. ( An aphorism is the last link in a long chain of thoughts. )

CLARIFYING RATHER THAN CONFUSING: Slogans can confuse but they can also
clarify and enlighten. It largely depends not only upon their truthfulness and wording and
upon who utters them and on what occasion but also upon their recipients. - J.Z. 19.1.93.

FAMILIAR NAMES & WAY: Call something by a familiar name or present it in a
familiar way, and it will be accepted." - Michael A. Banks: Horseless Carriage, in
Asimov's Choice: Extraterrestrials & Eclipses, p 161ff. - A pretty good salesman maxim.
From it might be concluded : Call something new by an unfamiliar name or present it in
an unfamiliar way, and it will not be accepted. But the following also applies: Call
something old, faulty or wrong by a new and catchy name and give it authority support
and it will be accepted as a new, shiny and progressive discovery, a new truth. People
have to know and accept either the thing or the name as introduction to be ready for the
other new aspect, name or thing. They tend to reject out of hand when both, thing and
name are unknown or when either is already commonly rejected. - J.Z. 29.3.80. The
technique of coining and launching catchwords and phrases can be and is widely and
effectively abused. All the more necessary it is to effectively launch catchwords that are
inherently moral and rational, thought-provoking and enlightening. - J.Z., 20.1.93.

BETTER WORDS AND BETTER THOUGHTS: "We have nothing to do with a man's
words or a man's thoughts, except to put against them better words and better thoughts,
and so to win in the great moral and intellectual duel that is always going on, and on
which all progress depends." - Auberon Herbert, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the
Great Libertarians, p. 42.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY: Thoughts on liberty which might inspire you to further think
on the subject or which might be already suitable to help you get your meaning across. -
J.Z., n.d. & 20.1.93.

HELP: Slogans "... help in breaking the verbal chains used by Big Brother." - Filthy
Pierre, THE CONNECTION 24/1/82, p. 68.

SLOGANS: Be wise when needed and as concise as possible. Have such a collection
always handy, in portable form. - J.Z. 30.10.76, 20.1.93.

PLATITUDES FOR TOMORROW: As a professional critic of life and letters, my
principal business in the world is that of manufacturing platitudes for tomorrow, which is
to say, ideas so novel that they will be instantly rejected as insane and outrageous by all
right-thinking men, and so apposite and sound that they will eventually conquer that
instinctive opposition, and force themselves into the traditional wisdom of the race." - H.
L. Mencken - While there are such slogans for the future and while they are needed, too,
now, to gradually germinate in people's minds, we also need many other types, among
them those which break down walls right now, others which insinuate themselves and are
automatically welcomed almost like long-lost friends. One can say and do all kinds of
things with concise statements, in all sorts of ways. - J.Z., 20.1.93.

SUITABLE WORDS are keys to open up minds to new ways of thinking. - J.Z. 15.7.82.

WORDS ARE WEAPONS. Let's arm ourselves with the best, keep them in readiness,
train with them and use them systematically and organized. - J.Z. 10.11.76.

TREATISE OR CATCH-PHRASES? A slogan is often more effective than a treatise." -
D. R. Runes, Treasury of Thought, 131.
WISDOM, CONCISE: A short saying oft contains much wisdom." - Sophocles, Aletes,
Frag. 99.

COLLECTING BITS OF CREATIVE WISDOM - overall luminosity - can build up the
greatest power on Earth. - L. E. Read often made similar remarks. It applies more to the
Ideas Archive, described in German and English in PP 183 than to this Slogans for
Liberty file. However, even the latter, added to and revised frequently and re-written,
could become a part-realisation of this scheme. - J.Z., n.d., 20.1.93.

LIGHTENING STRIKE: Your word be like the luminous lightning that strikes out of
grumbling clouds, and lays waste the house of lies and the seat of shallowness." - John
Henry Mackay.

TINY IDEAS AND SUCCESS: The grandiose idea, like the brain itself, is but the
flowering of its little components. In short, count as success the discovery of a word or
the shaping of a phrase that will improve understanding and communication." - L. E.
Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, 150.

opposed to the authoritarian way of life is just common sense: 'practical judgement or
intelligence; ordinary good sense.' The problem? Finding common words to clearly
explain what we mean." - Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 3/75. - Seeing this task
is so important, we should be ready to tackle even every sub-task of it hundreds of times -
until we have finally found or coined the optimum phrasing - at least for certain people
and certain occasions and conditions. - J.Z. 20.1.93.

TEACHERS OF MANKIND: Look Up, Not Down.... Look up to what or to whom? Look
to the Teacher! Probe all mankind, past and present, for those who are wiser than self.
Wherever you stand in the scale of wisdom, the Teacher is not difficult to find. Forever
look upward and listen; become a receiving set." - Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM
FEE, 3/74. - Even many of the FEE publications are now out of print. All writings of all
freedom teachers were never so far accessible and offered at affordable prices in any
medium, anywhere. Once that is achieved and all these sources are sufficiently opened up
by proper access tools, like bibliographies, abstracts, review compilations and
alphabetical indexes, with full text supply services within reach of everyone's
pocketbook, then it will be much easier to find the best teachers and the best of what they
have to offer. Let us do our bit to build up such an information service. - J.Z. 20.1.93.


FINDING WORDS: Assuming - as we do - that the ways of freedom make sense, ours
then is the task of finding words for common sense. And I am unaware of any term that
better illustrates our dilemma than 'the free market'. We have one concept in mind, but
frequently a different idea comes through to the reader or hearer. The image that 'free
market' conjures up is rarely a faithful reproduction of the intention." - L. E. Read, The
Coming Aristocracy, p. 25. - Finding the best words for common sense! J.Z. – ―Required,
if there is to be a better understanding and practice of liberty, is that hundreds or
thousands go to work to make common sense of the main idea - find the right words. - I
am not convinced that finding words for common sense must be the FIRST step in gaining
an understanding..." - L. E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 3/75.

MASTERLESS MAN: The masterless man, ... afflicted with (*) the magic (**) of the
necessary words ... Words that may become alive and walk up and down in the hearts of
the hearers." - Richard Kipling, Speech, Royal Academy Banquet, London, 1906. - (*)
liberated by - (**) power or weapon. - J.Z.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY: Don't let any good slogan - and us - stagnate for thousands
of years with a wrong formulation : "For thousands of years we have known the mighty
and fundamental maxim: 'Thou shalt not kill!' More than by any other trait, man is
characterised by his capacity for such maxims, such far-reaching imperatives; it
distinguishes him from the animals and seems to draw a line between him and "nature'. -
Man, we feel in the presence of such mighty maxims, is not an animal; he is not a
determinate, finite entity, not a being completed once and for all, but a coming-into-
being, a project, a dream of the future, a yearning of nature for new forms and
possibilities...." - Hermann Hesse, War and Peace, Summer 1918. - And all the time a
proper translation of the text might have rendered it into the: "Thou shalt not murder!" of
almost all cultures and civilisations. The confusions caused by the Christian version has
led to condemning e.g. the tyrannicide method against tyrants, while condoning the
murder of hundred-thousands to millions of his victims. And it keeps the decent citizens
from arming, organising and training themselves properly for the defence of their
individual rights. In combination with the command to "love your enemy", it has led to
an endless series of aggressions and private crimes going on, largely unpunished and not
prevented. Where could we be now if e.g. the Old or the New Testament had clearly
taught: ―In all your defence and liberation efforts, concentrate upon the tyrants and their
major voluntary supporters and let every individual secede from all his enemies and let
him live exterritorially autonomous in his own way, from all who disagree with him‖? –
Also: ―Collective responsibility is wrong, even when supposedly imposed as a divine
punishment.‖ - Imagine further, the right to offer one's goods and services in freely
transferable money tokens, IOUs and clearing certificates, being proclaimed and
practised as early as that! - Christianity, other religions and statism have held us back for
centuries with their numerous false to flawed doctrines and premises, with their false
slogans. We could liberate ourselves, soon, with the right ones - if enough freedom lovers
take sufficient interest in them. - J.Z. 20. 1.93.

ARCHIMEDES' LEVER: Don't talk to me of your Archimedes' lever. ... Give me the
right word and the right accent and I will move the world.‖ - Joseph Conrad, A Personal
Record: Preface. - A word is not a lever - but what a leverage it can provide, upon the
right point, against any obstacle! - J.Z. 20.1.93.

PROGRESS: PROGRESS IS DIFFERENCE” - said Herbert Spencer. "Those three
words always seem to me a very fine example of the dynamite which it is worthwhile
carrying in your coat pocket and chucking about in the midst of society." - Auberon
Herbert, The Ethics of Dynamite, in Mack edition, 208/9. - I find that other such terms are
e.g.: "Society is exchange", by Bastiat, "Individual Sovereignty", "Individual Rights",
"Individual Secessionism", "Exterritorial Autonomy for All Minorities!". - J.Z. 20.1.93.

REWARDS: The time will come when three words, uttered with charity and meekness,
shall receive a far more blessed reward than three thousand volumes written with
disdainful sharpness and wit." - Richard Hooker, Ecclesiastical Polity. - The old
Christian self-delusion. I am not that much in love with "charity and meekness" and hold
that resistance and success, against the aggressions of external and internal totalitarians,
requires sterner and more just words and actions. How often and to what extent have
clerics ever provided or supported genuine solutions, or even recognized them, instead of
fighting them? - Rather, three words, frankly expressing and standing up for justice! Was
it Mirabeau who said, driven out of the first national convention hall: "We depart, but
only before the force of bayonets!" - To promptly reassemble with the decisive others in
an alternative location. And then this defiance was, lastly, supported by Camille
Demoulins' call: "Aux arms, citoyens!" If, later, Lafayette had stayed in charge of a
rightfully organized, trained and educated national guard and if its warfare had remained
truly defensive and liberating, i.e., if it had really run according to the slogan: "War to the
palaces, peace to the huts!", if everyone had been freed, already then, to offer in
exchange non-coercive and non-fraudulent Assignats upon his on services and goods,
how would the French Revolution have developed and the rest of history? - Neither
meekness nor charity towards real enemies and parasites! Justice and autonomy for all. -
You do not have to love your enemy but you do owe even him justice. – With the offer:
Exterritorial autonomy for all parties now engaged in territorial wars, revolutions and
civil wars - we might have had "peace on earth" long ago and still could gain it soon. But
this relatively simple reversal of present disastrous territorial policies is not even
discussed in the mass media as an alternative option. - Thus do not feel surprised about
me filling hundreds of pages with such alternative policy formulas. - J.Z., 20.1.93. – DIS.

TRUTH NEEDS REPETITION: The truth must be repeated for ever and ever in a
thousand forms." - Hermann Hesse, War and Pace, Spring 1918; If the War Goes On. -
When I was still very ignorant on the subject, I loved what he had to say on it. Now, that
I am merely ignorant, I do no longer share many of his errors and heard some decent
alternative proposals. - J.Z. 20.1.93.

MAXIMS: Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations.‖ - Sir James Mackintosh,
quoted on the title page of Broom's Legal Maxims.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY: Better and best lines for liberty. - J.Z. 14.7.87.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY: Slogans in search of the best words for the best case. - J.Z.
KNOWLEDGE AND WORDING IT: No one knows what he's talking about until he can
put it in such lucid language that his wife's relatives understand him." - David Seabury. -
That's really a tough one! - J.Z. 20.1.93.

BOOKS: Sometimes I read a whole book without finding a new and worthwhile slogan
for liberty. Often I find only one to half a dozen and then I do appreciate such books
somewhat. If I find more than a dozen, then I consider the book to be good. And the rare
books where I find dozens of them and feel inclined to mark or underline other passages,
too, are "excellent" in my books. - J.Z. 9.2.86, 20.1.93.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY accepts whatever wisdom is offered to it, from any source.
And it hopes that you will be as receptive to its offers. - J.Z. 2.12.87, 20.1.93.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY: Anything nonsensical tends to be widely accepted if only it
sounds proverbial and is assertative. Some of them are "brilliantly formulated
absurdities", as my friend Ulrich von Beckerath used to say. Let us use the same word
power for the concisely formulated truths of liberty, rather than conceding this whole
field to the enemy. - J.Z. 1.4.88, 20.1.93.

APHORISMS: Speaking of Lichtenberg's aphorisms Tolstoi said: 'Aphorisms are
perhaps the best way of expounding philosophical judgements. For instance,
Schopenhauer's aphorisms (Parerga and Paralipomena) express his conception of the
world much more clearly than „The World as Will and Imagination.'" - A. B.
Goldenveizer, Talks with Tolstoi, 129.

CATCHWORDS: Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by
catchwords." - Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-94. - Probably double, but so what? Wrong
catchwords kill, even though only indirectly. - J.Z. 20.1.93.)

CATCHWORDS: A good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years." - Wendell L.

SOLUTIONS: Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions." - Edward R.
Murrow. - We are morally obliged to distinguish the slogans of despotism, which lead to
more problems, from the slogans for liberty, which lead to solutions. - J.Z. 20.1.93.

WELL SAID: When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruple; take it and
copy it." - Anatole France. - I would rather say, copy it but remain critical towards it,
never quite satisfied with its stage of development. He wasn't always critical enough
towards the slogans of his and former times. - J.Z. 20.1.93.

QUOTE, BUT QUOTE WELL! I quote others only the better to express myself." -
Michel de Montaigne, 1533-92.

Scan them into PCs and then deposit them for easy retrieval in computerised bulletin
boards and networks. Please, if you can afford to, scan any of this compilation and any of
other worthy quotation books into a computerised data bank and automatic retrieval
system, get the information better ordered and cross referenced and offer the material at
affordable prices on line and on disk and in paper print-outs and on COM-fiche. - J.Z.
12.7.92, 20.1.93.

TIMING: Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come." - W. I. E. Gates. -
Napoleon I and Victor Hugo said something very similar on ideas. - J.Z.

ELOQUENCE: Someone who says everything necessary and only this is a master of
eloquence.‖ - La Rochefoucauld.

ELOQUENCE: Is The Poesy Of Prose.‖ - Bryant. - But contrary to eloquence, which all
too often drones one, providing more words than sense, appealing more to the emotions
than to the mind, a truthful slogan stands out, is well introduced and kept up and provides
pauses for thinking it through, not distracted of further waterfalls of words. One tends to
concentrate on them, excluding other and less distracting and intriguing words. - J.Z.

ELOQUENCE: Eloquence is well dressed reason, with its arguments in the proper
order.‖ - Collier.

SLOGANS ARE ELOQUENT BY THEMSELVES but sometimes even more so when
they are supported by some others, which round off the correct image or idea. - J.Z.

PREGNANT SENTENCES: Pregnant sentences are like sharp nails which force the
truth into our memory.” - Diderot.

GREAT WORDS: Great words were indeed not only coined by politicians and generals
but also and even in much greater numbers, by poets and thinkers, philosophers and
literati, scientists and researchers. Furthermore, they came as well from human beings
who were otherwise quite unknown. Their expressions were preserved and quoted,
because their apt and hard hitting formulas turned them into a current coin, which easily
went from hand to hand, more exactly, from head to head. It is not for nothing that one
has said someone has "coined" a suitable phrase." - Lothar Schmidt, in a comment to a
quotation book. - Sorry, I failed to jot down the title and page. J.Z.

CONFUCIUS ON THE RIGHT CONCEPTS. (My translation from a German version.
J.Z.): When the prince of Wei would ask you to take over the government, what would you
do first? First of all, the master replied, the concepts have to be properly defined. If they
are not then statements will not agree with the facts. When they do not, business can only
be conducted badly. When they are, order and harmony will not flourish. Without them
justice is turned into arbitrariness. And when this happens the people do not know what
to do and where to go." - I would also like to see compilations of libertarian definitions.
When they do disagree on one term, as they often do, then all the different ones ought to
be included, with qualifications and criticism added. Only after many efforts of this kind
could something like a consensus collection of definitions be achieved. Even then, like in
important court decisions, if there remain minority views, they ought to be stated. - J.Z.
20.1.93. - Do not ask me to sharply define the limits between collections of slogans for
liberty, aphorisms for liberty, abstracts of liberty ideas, archives of liberty ideas, essays
on liberty, compilations of the best libertarian refutations of common errors, prejudices
and myths which are obstacles to progress and handbooks that provide detailed advice
and samples on how to best word, introduce and accompany all kinds of liberty ideas to
overcome resistance or prevent it from arising. The additionally needed general
libertarian encyclopaedia would have to cut across all these and provide much more, too.
- J.Z. 20.1.93.

ELOQUENCE: Eloquence is the ability to transform truth into an expression which is
completely understandable by those who listen.‖ - Emerson, retranslated by me from a
German version.

ELOQUENCE: Eloquence is the art to speak of things in a way that everyone gladly
listens.‖ - Pascal. - Slogans are eloquent shiny little bits but they do not constitute all of
eloquence. - J.Z. 20.1.93.

SIMPLICITY: Simplicity is the courage to concentrate upon the essential.‖ - Helmar

DEFINITIONS: The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms." - Socrates, ca. 470 -
399 B.C.

EXPERIENCE: ... give back in words that direct quality of experience which is the
essence of literature." - Alfred Kazin.

WRITING: A writer's problem does not change. He himself changes and the world he
lives in changes but his problem remains the same. It is always to write truly and having
found what is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes a part of the experience of
the person who reads it." - Ernest Hemingway.

IDEAS & SLOGANS: Ideen haben die Welt selten veraendert, Schlagworte sehr
haeufig." - Krailsheimer. ( Ideas have rarely changed the world, but slogans have,
frequently. ) - Let us combine the slogan format with rightful and liberating ideas! - J.Z.

COMPETITION: A slogan is the wording which beats the competition.‖ - Korn. - From
this it would seem to follow that if all the slogan offers would be combined in a market,
the market demand would sort them out, preferring those which are best for particular
conditions and people. - J.Z., 20.1.93.

THINKING: Das Denken ist ueberhaupt das Auffassen und Zusammenfassen des
Mannigfaltigen in der Einheit." - Hegel. ( Thinking consists in understanding and
summing up diversity in a unit.‖ )
SLOGANS HAVE A BAD NAME and a bad press, among intellectuals, academics and
literati. Nevertheless, the worst slogans are all too extensively used by them, even if only
as unstated premises, like e.g. collective responsibility, monetary despotism, territorial
rule. - J.Z. 19.1.93, 20.1.93.

CORRECTNESS & CLARITY: A slovenly way of speaking often obscures the clearest
issues. How often do we hear sentimental appeals to stop the cold war on the basis of
'friendship with the Russian people'; as if the enemy of the West in the cold war were the
Russian people; that people which, as a matter of fact, is more likely to be our ally. So, to
begin with, it should be made quite clear that our enemy in the cold war is not 'Russia'
but the Communist Party." - Salvador de Madariaga, The Blowing up of the Parthenon,
p.20. - Not even all the CP members were our enemies. Circumstances often forced them
to join and the option to opt out of the whole system was not granted to them any more
than to any conscript, i.e. victim in uniform. Assuming the possibility of friendship or an
alliance with the Russian peoples, all their various minorities, over 100 of them, what
rightful war and peace, revolution and liberation aims should we have declared for them,
on their behalf, in a trustworthy way, so that their consent could have been presumed.
And what supportative actions should we have undertaken in the West? For some details
see PP 16-18 and 61-63. - J.Z. 20.1.93.

SLOGANS: The political slogan is a drug that is to put to sleep the spirits of those who
are away and is to stimulate the spirits of the indifferent.‖ - Marcel Mart. - Slogans for
Liberty are intended to stimulate those who imagine that they are already wide awake and
should away those who are still quite indifferent. - J.Z. 20.1.93.

PROVERBS: A proverb is a short sentence based upon long experience.‖ - Cervantes.
There are some words that hit you like clubs. Others you swallow like bait and swim on
and do not realize its connection as yet. - Hofmannsthal.

SLOGANS & MASSES: Masses of the people are like an avalanche. Already a shout
can put it into motion. - Petan. - All the more must wrong slogans be countered by
truthful ones. - J.Z. 4.7.92.

KEEP ON IMPROVING THEM! Never accept them upon authority! Please, keep on
trying to improve these and all other freedom slogans. - J.Z., 3.7.91.

TRUTH: Words that produce a contagious rhythm whose sound has the infallible power
to capture the imagination of another mind." - Zarlenga, The Orator.

"RAISE A BANNER to which the wise and honest can repair." - Washington. - I prefer
banners that give not only an image or an abstraction or combination of colours but a
thought, like old heraldry. - J.Z. 20.1.93.

IMPOSSIBLE GOALS MADE POSSIBLE? Look at the plight of would-be freedom
fighters. Where is their short, clear statement of an impossible objective? I see none.
Whence they thrash and flounder, they dash off six ways from Sunday, they work at cross-
purposes, they shoot themselves in the foot, they daydream pitiful escapist fantasies, and
they lose. So will it continue until someone provides a short, clear statement of an
impossible goal. A long, complicated, confusing statement will not do. A vague, abstract,
confused statement will not do. A 'possible' goal will not do. Who can raise a banner
inscribed with a short, clear, impossible goal around which all forces of freedom will
rally? This is a matter of supreme importance TC can consider. A short, clear, impossible
order - if it be the right one - is worth a thousand nukes and a million goons." - Pyrrho, p.
2 of a contribution in THE CONNECTION 90 of 13.10.80, p.42. - My suggestion would
be: Full exterritorial autonomy for minorities organized in volunteer groups. - It could
have a country and even world wide appeal, even to large segments of the so-called
majority. - However, without sufficient backup literature, handbooks and public
discussions, it would largely fall upon deaf ears or closed minds. - J.Z., 20.1.93.

WORDS & PEOPLE: People are much more under the power of misleading words and
incomplete and false ideas than they are influenced by the reality all around them and by
the options and advice that are objectively based upon this reality. However, if the power
of words, ideas and facts and personal experiences and convictions can be combined and
maximised in every possible way, e.g. by projects like Slogans for Liberty, then not even
the sky would be the limit. - J.Z., 25.6.89, 26.6.89, 20.1.93.

TRUTH, BRIEF: You may get a large amount of truth into a brief space." - Henry W.

PROPAGANDA: ... the purposes of political propaganda are to 'ideologically disarm'
the opposition, while of course ideologically arming your own forces, and a big way
that's done is to create 'anti-concepts' -- or 'anti-language' as Jim Downard says." -
Pyrrho, THE CONNECTION, 102, 6 March 82, p. 7.

TRUTHS WE LIVE BY and lies we die by: "Words are what men live by, words that
they say and mean." - John Wayne, in Comancheros. - Alas, all too many words that they
say and means are only words to die, rob or be victimised by. Words to live by must be
truthful and liberating, expressed, believed and acted upon. - Has anyone ever collected
and published John Wayne's words of wisdom from his films? - J.Z., 20.1.93.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY: The right word at the right time." - and place and occasion
and to the right people under the right conditions! - J.Z. 20.1.93.

SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY could become, via wide-spread participation and
collaboration, a dialogue for everyone with many of the best thoughts of man. - J.Z.
5.7.92, 20.1.93.

LISTEN: The rational listener is the midwife for the birth of my thoughts." - Charles
Tschopp. - Listen to these and the following thoughts and produce ever better ones. - J.Z.
THOUGHTS, BETTER: To improve the expression of a thought means to express a
better thought.‖ - Kudszus.

EXPLANATION ATTEMPTS: One achieves a greater clarity of one's thoughts by
trying to make them clear to others." - Unger. - Explanation attempts do not always help
others but at least they help oneself. - J.Z. 5.7.92, 20.1.93.

MULTITUDES OF SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY: Are they merely a deterrent, boring,
frustrating, disgusting, disappointing, mostly inferior? - J.Z. 20.1.93 - "Es bedarf vieler
Gedanken, um einen festzuhalten." - Stanislaw Jerzy Lec. ( ―Many thoughts are required
to enable one to hold fast to one.‖ )

        S L O G A N S F O R L I B E R T Y and Collectors
Men have collected all kinds of things, sensible to, mostly, trivial ones. In my 1990/91
trip I encountered some libertarian book collectors, more or less gloating over the
possession of some rare old tracts, proudly showing them off to a few. Some were very
helpful in getting some of their treasures photocopied. Some where rightly worried that
photocopying might damage these rare and brittle valuables. Few thought of themselves
attempting to duplicate these treasures with one or the other of today's affordable
technologies. And among those who did consider this option, very few so far, to my
knowledge, went ahead with this. Are they afraid that the commercial value of their
original and first or rare editions might thus become diminished? I rather hold that thus
the value of these original contributions and their first editions would become much more
appreciated by many more people, the more cheap modern editions are readily at hand in
one or several media. Be this as this may, let us consider collectors with regard to
freedom sayings and special collections of them.

There are many book sized collections of proverbs, quotes, aphorisms, slogans etc. and
most of them have some entries related to liberty and some of them are even completely
dedicated to liberty. Alas, all of the latter that I have seen or heard of or acquired, are
simply all to short to state the whole case as well as it has been stated somewhere and by
someone, at some time. Altogether there may be ca. 15,000 quotation books and, maybe,
50 to 150 deal with freedom thoughts. I will try to list those of the latter that I heard of or
that are even in my possession. ( When I get around to it. – J.Z., 8.11.08. ) The authors,
editors or compilers usually confined themselves to their own and still all too limited
freedom interests and comprehension and to sufficient of their favourite quotes to fill just
one book or booklet. And then they tended to get possessive about this book and even
copyright it.

  This collection of "Slogans for Liberty" attempts to be different
                          in several ways:
a) It includes not only my own sayings and comments.
b) It ranges as widely over the sphere of liberty as I can manage. Only in being
susceptible to good ideas of others I may exceed most other compilers.
c) I may also have applied more time and patience and effort than most others, by
collecting for the last 40 years and, quite intensely, since 1975.
d) It does not at all confine itself to the size of one book but aims rather to provide a
multi-volume encyclopaedia, gradually, step by step, starting with a large one,
comprising my own efforts.
e) I do at least intend to offer it or let it be offered in several media and communication
f) I do not claim any copyrights for it in cases where legally I could claim them.
g) This first large step is merely to provide a pilot scheme, one open to supplements and
corrections by many others.
h) I imagine that some subjects, like voluntary taxation, panarchism and monetary
freedom might become too large for inclusion or should also be offered in separate
i) Apart from a single proof reading and my comments to some entries this compilation
has not been edited and given a rational structure. Under major entries, in alphabetical
form, no further alphabetisation was attempted. It is so far merely a semi-finished
materials collection under headings that especially interested me.
j) It stands as an unfinished work and open invitation to hundreds to thousands of
freedom lovers to help complete it and correct it and re-shape it and to copy and duplicate
it and segments of it in any medium.
k) Collaboration for its completion would better be organized by others who are more
suitable for this task. What I can offer to do, after I have finally typed out the remaining
26 index card filing boxes filled with notes and quotes mainly on thin paper slips, is one
or several supplementary issues on microfiche. The rest and the integration of these
supplements would be up to others better equipped for this.

I do hope that computer fans will make the most of their beloved technical options to deal
with my material collection and what it ought to gradually grow into, also with the aid of
computer fans. - May they never fail to fully utilise any alternative technology where it is
still efficient and affordable and fast enough, although it may be, like everything, still far
from perfect.

I doubt that any scanner could have coped with my hand-written notes. Often I had
difficulties enough with them myself.

Just a few more such quotes:

           Once Again: WHY "SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY"?
                         Some Answers:
1.) Man is a creature that does not live from bread alone but mainly by catchwords.” - R.
L. Stevenson, retranslated from a German version.
2.) Even the good maxims are not spared the fate of becoming trivialised.‖ -
Vauvernarges, Reflexionen und Maximen. - Thus we ought to re-coin them and issue new
and better ones - all the time. - J.Z., 17.7.94.

3.) A maxim is merely the exact and noble expression of an important and
incontrovertible truth. Good maxims are the seeds for everything good. If they strongly
imprint in memory then they strengthen the will.‖ - Joubert, Gedanken und Maximen.

4.) A good battle cry wins half the battle.‖ - G. B. Shaw, alas, only retranslated from the
German version.

5.) A good thought, even when poorly presented, will finally emerge right side up.‖ -
Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, 132.

6.) This collection can only be an all too incomplete collection of some of the best
expressions in the freedom literature. …. Help!!! - J.Z., 30.3.94.



                        ALPHABETICAL SECTION
Slogs A new sorted
Slogans 23 2 08 sort A included
Also Slogs AZ SUP sorted
26 03 09 version
ABANDON GOVERNMENT: abandoning the government sector to unrestricted market
forces." – Dr. Rhodes Boyson, Goodbye to Nationalisation, 166. - In other words,
abandoning the greatest monopolist in favour of consumer sovereignty, of the right of
individuals to choose between and to be served by competing service agencies. Will we
once look down upon such territorialist market restrictions as we do now upon
restrictions of religious liberty? - J.Z. 20.1.93. - SECESSION BY INDIVIDUALS,
ABANDON GOVERNMENT: Governments must not be abolished! They must be
abandoned..." - Robert LeFevre, Autarchy. – Except for statists doing their own things to
themselves, exterritorially! – J.Z., 3.11.08.
ABATTOIRS: Abattoirs have a monopoly for slaughtering - which also serves to drive
prices up. - J.Z., 74. - Have they led to better quality meats, cheaper prices, less brutal
killing methods? Due to their monopolies we do not know what could have been
achieved in this sphere through free enterprise competition and full publicity for it. - J.Z.,
ABC: ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, runs about half of all Australian
radio stations. I had often heard or read complaints by freedom lovers about its leftist
bias. Nevertheless, I was astonished when listening for a few minutes to its forum, 10.25
pm on 8 Aug. 86. Apparently, communist sympathisers have conquered the ABC for anti-
American propaganda. I soon could not stand listening to this bias any longer. One
unfounded and one-sided assertion after the other. By 1992 this government corporation
constituted a financial burden of ca. $ 500 million p.a. for the Australian taxpayers.
Freedom of expression and information do not go well together with compulsory tax
support for a government broadcasting system. It should be reduced by voluntary finance
and free entry for competitors. A few dozen private AM stations are licensed and some
FM ones. Some FM stations had to fight for 20 years for their permit! All remain under
government restrictions and annual reviews, usually not classed as censorship. All of
them are under pressure, like TV stations, to use a minimum percentage of Australian
contents. Quality does not seem to matter, except in the rating game of commercial
stations struggling for popularity rather than quality. Government broadcasting is as
abused as government schools are. - If I ever get around to compiling a libertarian
encyclopaedia, I would transfer such notes to it. State socialism has supposedly collapsed
in the East - but with such institutions it continues in the West. - J.Z. 20.1.93. –
ABDICATION: Dr. Mises, we will agree with you that we are in troubled times but, Dr.
Mises, let's assume that you are the dictator of the United States, and could impose any
changes you think appropriate. What would you do?" Quick as a flash Mises said, "I
would abdicate," and so would I.” - L. E. Read, The Miracle of the Market, p. 60 of
Champions of Freedom. - However, did Mises ever advocate the right of individual
citizen to abdicate or renounce their citizenship ( a supposed mastery over politicians and
public servants but, really, a subject relationship ), without thereby losing a single
individual right? Nay, as far as I know, he wanted to uphold the totalitarian nature of
territorial exclusive rule for his kind of ideal limited government. He did not even
advocate individual secession for limited government advocates. - J.Z. 20.1.93. - The
abdication of individuals from their voting and citizen power within the present territorial
States, their individual renunciations of territorial powers and participation in them,
combined with their assumption of individual sovereignty and exterritorial autonomy
within volunteer communities, promises us much more than the rare abdication of
powerful individuals has ever achieved for us. Experimental freedom and freedom of
action for all, in all spheres, naturally, only at their own risk and expense. - J.Z., 23.9.01.
ABDICATION: I would abdicate... How can you be free if you are compelled to follow
my plan for your freedom? What kind of freedom would that be?" - LEFEVRE'S
JOURNAL, Winter 75. - Robert LeFevre was the only anarchist and libertarian editor and
publisher, apart from myself, who reprinted dePuydt's article Panarchy. - Compare my
sub-series "On Panarchy" and the several volumes on exterritoriality in China etc. - J.Z.
20.1.93. - This situation has improved since then. See: &
ABDICATION: In the Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce defines abdication as: "An act
whereby a sovereign attests his sense of the high temperature of the throne." - Is it
enough and sensible to merely try to make it hot for politicians? Would its temperature
rise if individuals were free to secede from it? Perhaps no ruler is so bad that he would
not at least find some subjects who are worse and are willing to remain with him. Let
them. Any government is good for its supporters. It will teach them a lesson. But all
governments ought to abdicate their rule over all dissenters, starting perhaps with
governments-in-exile becoming competitive and aiming only at voluntary support and
recognising each other to that extent. This approach could lead to the dissolution of all
totalitarian and despotic powers over involuntary victims. A confederation for the
liberation struggle of all exterritorially autonomous volunteer communities could
eventually achieve the support of the majority of the world population. - I hope it will not
take as long to recognize this liberty as it took and takes to recognize the analogous
religious liberty and tolerance. Abdication for citizens! - J.Z. 20.1.93.
ABDICATION: Who - except a freakish intellectual - has ever been argued into giving
up political power when he doesn't have to; and to give it up, moreover, for the sake of an
abstraction, a principle? The idea is ludicrous!” - Julian Barnes, OBSERVER, 6 May
1979. - This is one of the reasons why I rather advocate the right of individual subjects to
abdicate or individually secede from the systems of the power holders and to become
exterritorially autonomous with other volunteers in their own communities. - J.Z. 20.1.93.
ABILITY TO PAY: A man could always pay his way if he were allowed to pay with
assignments upon his own labor services, service skills or goods he has produced,
provided only that his labor, services and goods are wanted and offered at market prices.
A perfect clearing system would make such individual issues easy. In its absence
potential issuers and acceptors for alternative shop currencies would be advised to
combine so that their combined offer makes their alternative money notes more attractive
to a larger number of people. Only the limit of one‘s ability to provide wanted labor,
service and goods would set a limit to the issue of such money tokens. I myself have only
libertarian microfiche for sale. Since hardly anybody wants them, I cannot issue my own
shop currency based upon them. Thus and also quite obviously, I could not cause an
inflation with my own notes thus covered and redeemable. They are certainly not a
monopoly money or a forced currency with compulsory acceptance at a fictitious value.
If I offered them as means of payment they would mostly be simply refused. If I were the
owner of a large department store it would be another matter. – J.Z., 21.12.92, 7.10.08. -
ABILITY TO PAY: Only full monetary freedom would give you the freedom to pay or to
clear your debts to the limit of your ability to supply wanted goods, services and labor. –
ABILITY TO PAY: The commonly adopted 'ability to pay' theory, for example, is, as the
libertarian Frank Chodorov pointed out, the philosophy of the highway robber: to extract
as much loot from the victim as the robber can get away with - scarcely a cogent social
philosophy and a total variance, of course, from the system of payment on the free
market. For if everyone were forced to pay for every good and service in proportion to
his income, then there would be no pricing system at all, and no market system could
work. (David Rockefeller, for example, might be forced to pay $ 1 million for a loaf of
bread.)" - Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, p.180. - The ability to pay is definitely wrong
when taken as a means to increase compulsory taxation or to jack up prices for certain
customers for the same kind of private services rendered. However, as an opportunity for
the able payer to afford for himself better goods and services, there is nothing wrong with
it. Nor is it wrong to increase and maximise anyone's "ability to pay" by realising
monetary freedom for everybody, which would allow anyone to become able to pay with
his own IOUs or goods and service vouchers or clearing certificates, up to the limits of
his ability to provide wanted goods and labour and services for them, in return, upon their
return to him in payments. - J.Z., 20.1.93.
ABILITY TO PAY: While it is true that ―society is exchange‖ as Bastiat said, some of
the best people pay with what they are and by doing what they do, among people who
approve of them, applaud them and try to imitate them and are even prepared to pay their
―stars‖ or heroes for the chance to watch or listen to them. - J.Z., 22.4.96, free after a
remark by Friedrich Schiller. – But ordinary people require the ability to earn and the
competitive supply of sound exchange media to enable them to pay their way. In other
words, they require full monetary freedom supplemented by full financial freedom. –
J.Z., 6.10.08.
ABILITY: ...the benefits of ability flow one way, the only way they can, from the more
able to the less." - Paul Lepanto, Return to Reason, p.88. – COMMUNISM,
ABILITY: Each man benefits from the achievements of those whose ability exceeds his."
- Paul Lepanto, Return to Reason, p.88. - Each labourer benefits much more from the
activities of all inventors and discoverers, entrepreneurs and traders than he could gain
from the unaided benefits of his own labour alone. Yet his own share in the total product
tends to increase while that that of investors and businessmen tends to decline. That trend
was observed already by Bastiat but was totally overlooked by the Marxists. This natural
and free flow and growth cannot be effectively achieved or replaced by a coercive flow
and planning targets, under the infamous communist - socialist doctrine "From the able,
to the needy", and its despotic administration, no more so than a free market and free
enterprise can be replaced by a command economy or free labour and cooperation by
forced labour and military discipline. - Doctrinaires in power usually achieve only the
opposite of what they want to achieve. - J.Z. 20.1.93.
ABILITY: Man is able to do what he is unable to imagine. His head trails a wake
through the galaxy of the absurd." - Rene Char, Leaves of Hypnos, 227, in Hpynos
Waking, 1956, tr. Jackson Mathews and others. - Leonard E. Read made similar
statements when he described the "miracle of the market" and the fact that no one knows
how to make a pencil or a can of beans and demanded the release of all creative energies.
We need free markets, free contracts and free exchange, the division of labour and free
trade between us, because of our ignorance. We have to rely on the system of
"spontaneous order" (Hayek) because we do not and cannot know enough to construct it.
Even the directors of large corporations do not and cannot know all of the sometimes
hundred-thousands of different items they do produce, in their corporation, and would not
know how to produce any of them without the indirect help of, literally, millions of
others, most of them long dead. The greatest ability and least appreciated one, is the
ability of the market, and e.g. its free price system, to coordinate the ability of millions. -
J.Z. 20.1.93.
ABILITY: Not only your will to do your best but your actual ability depends very largely
upon what you are paid. Not only are people highly paid because they are able; they are
also able because they are highly paid." - B. Russell, Authority & the Individual. –
ABNORMALITY: If it weren't for the fact that all of us are slightly abnormal, there
wouldn't be any point in giving each person a separate name." - Ugo Betti, The Fugitive,
1953. - As L. E. Read pointed out, if all of use were exactly alike or normal, all of us
would be very poor, scrounging at subsistence level and frequently starving. ―Vive la
difference‖ applies not only to the difference between the sexes. - J.Z. 20.1.93. –
ABOLITION OF GOVERNMENTS: ...the libertarian must be an 'abolitionist', i.e. he
must wish to achieve the goal of liberty as rapidly as possible. (*) If he balks at
abolitionism, then he is no longer holding liberty as the highest political end. (**) The
libertarian, then, should be an abolitionist who would, if he could, abolish
instantaneously all invasions of liberty. (***) Following the classical liberal Leonard
Read, who advocated immediate and total abolition of price and wage controls after
World War II, we might refer to this as the 'button-pushing' criterion. Thus, Read
declared that 'If there were a button on this rostrum, the pressing of which would release
all wage and price controls instantaneously, I would put my finger on it and push!' The
libertarian, then, should be a person who would push a button, if it existed, for the
instantaneous abolition of all invasions of liberty - not something, by the way, that any
utilitarian would ever be likely to do." – Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty,
p.254. - We are not in this world to make choices for others but, rather, to make our own
choices. At most we should help those, who ask us, individually, to help them, to make
their own choices. If they choose to be fools, that is their right. The only button each
individual should be quite free to push, in the desired direction, is himself. If volunteers
want to continue price controls among themselves, he should let them. It should never be
forgotten that price controls are even now rather popular with all too many. One cannot
convert others against their will. Even after decades of relatively free pricing, few do as
yet understand it and given their choice, they have done away with it in many spheres,
again, e.g. regarding medical services. They have not learnt their lesson yet. They are not
yet ripe for full freedom. They need their regulations and it is their right to practice them.
- Only all impositions upon others and oneself should be done away with, but not their
different and free choices, however much we dislike them and however harmful they
objectively are for those who choose them. Rothbard sails dangerously close to one of the
main flawed maxims of the drug and alcohol prohibitionists. Price controls are
objectively poison. But let them have their chosen poison. People do have the right to
make their own mistakes. But let us get rid of territorially imposed systems, because they
do not offer all individuals their choices. -– (*) Let individuals make their on choices and
all of society will advance as fast as it can. – (**) Abolition of compulsory state
membership, of territorial rule and law, of collective and absolutist sovereignty, would be
enough. Then a political market could develop. – (***) Unless these are individually and
voluntarily chosen, as Catholics choose some censorship for themselves, by staying in
that ward relationship voluntarily. Freedom to be unfree, i.e. free choice even of
voluntary slavery. - J.Z. 20.1.93. - ABOLITIONISM & BUTTON PUSHING
ABOLITION OF GOVERNMENTS: Abolition by disuse only or by free competition
with an inferior service or enforced disservice. "I would abolish nothing except by
disuse,"... for "anything is good enough for the man who believes in it, and the first step
forward is not abolition but disbelief." - Ernest Howard Crosby, quoted by Reichert,
Partisans of Freedom, p.336. - COMPETITION, DESTRUCTION, REVOLUTION,
ABOLITION OF GOVERNMENTS: Very well, let what he calls government go. 'But
how will you abolish it?' will be asked. It may be answered by asking another: How was
slavery abolished? Was it abolished by all the people going into the slave-owning
business? Certainly not. It was abolished because the people disliked it and opposed it;
because they would not support the business and the people in the business. So it will be
with government, or that part of it that is not protective, but invasive." - Sprading, Liberty
and the Great Libertarians, 23 or 231. Abolition of governments, public services, parties,
politics, parliaments, presidents etc.
ABOLITIONISM: 1. Abolition of the ―legal tender‖ coercion and fraud and of the
monopoly of the central bank. No legal restriction upon competitively issued, optional
and market rated exchange media and clearing certificates. - - 2.) Abolition of
compulsory taxation but no restriction upon voluntary contributions to communities of
volunteers that are exterritorially autonomous. - - 3.) Abolition of compulsory territorial
State membership or subjugation, but no restriction upon individual and group
secessionism and voluntary associationism, but no restrictions upon voluntary protection
and defence organizations. - - 4.) Abolition of territorially imposed international & anti-
economic ―protectionism‖, but no restriction upon voluntary communities practising
―protectionism‖ or free trade at their own risk and expense only. 5.) Abolition of
compulsory schooling, state financed and controlled, but no restriction upon self-
financed, voluntary and competitive educational efforts. - - 6.) Abolition of the
government‘s monopoly to decide on war and peace, international treaties & alliances,
armament and disarmament, but no restrictions upon voluntary communities or
organizations making their own decisions on their own affairs, treaties and alliances and
organizing, training and arming themselves with rightful and genuine weapons for the
protection of their individual rights and liberties. - J.Z., n.d. & 23.10.07. - THE NEW
ABOLITIONISM: 1. Abolition of the ―legal tender‖ coercion and fraud and of the
monopoly of the central bank. No legal restriction upon competitively issued, optional
and market rated exchange media and clearing certificates. - - 2.) Abolition of
compulsory taxation but no restriction upon voluntary contributions to communities of
volunteers that are exterritorially autonomous. - - 3.) Abolition of compulsory territorial
State membership or subjugation, but no restriction upon individual and group
secessionism and voluntary associationism, but no restrictions upon voluntary protection
and defence organizations. - - 4.) Abolition of territorially imposed international & anti-
economic ―protectionism‖, but no restriction upon voluntary communities practising
―protectionism‖ or free trade at their own risk and expense only. 5.) Abolition of
compulsory schooling, state financed and controlled, but no restriction upon self-
financed, voluntary and competitive educational efforts. - - 6.) Abolition of the
government‘s monopoly to decide on war and peace, international treaties & alliances,
armament and disarmament, but no restrictions upon voluntary communities or
organizations making their own decisions on their own affairs, treaties and alliances and
organizing, training and arming themselves with rightful and genuine weapons for the
protection of their individual rights and liberties. - J.Z., n.d. & 23.10.07. - THE NEW
ABOLITIONISM: No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who
criticizes it can expect to hear: "But what would you replace it with?" - When you put out
a fire, what do you replace it with? - Thomas Sowell. - REPLACEMENT,
ABORIGINALS: Full autonomy for Aboriginals. Not charity. - J.Z., 8.11.73, in PEACE
PLANS 29. – Not subsidies or hand-outs at the expense of the tax-payers. Allow them
e.g. to make their own contracts with foreign investors and treaties with Australian and
foreign governments and to live under their own personal laws, exterritorially
autonomous, not only in their set aside ―reservations‖. – J.Z., 8.11.08.
ABORIGINALS: Give this country back to the ABO, you convicts!" Inscription, with
chalk on a tram station stop near the State Penitentiary, Maroubra, Sydney, seen: 21.5.60,
- J.Z.
ABORIGINALS: To recognize a monopoly claim of ca. 300,000 Aboriginals to a whole
continent like Australia is even more ridiculous than recognising such an exclusive
privilege for a mere 18 million white and other new settlers. - J.Z. 29.4.83, 20.1.93. -
ABORTION, LEADERSHIP: Abort territorial political leaders, who lead us from one
disaster to another, rather than any quite innocent and still unborn children. - J.Z., 3.6.01,
31.1.02. - LEADERSHIP
ABORTION: ... only the immoral or the uncaring seek abortion." - Quoted in REASON,
ABORTION: … every political observer or political actor of vision must take cognizance
of the dead and the unborn.‖ - Jonathan Schell, The Fate of the Earth, p.122. – ―Nuclear
Strength‖ is the abortion instrument for mankind. – J.Z., 3.11.08. - NUCLEAR WAR
ABORTION: … non-viable foetus". Are adults are non-viable when not supported by
mother Earth, at the bottom of the air ocean surrounding it, or, i.e., without a space suit or
space ship or space station in almost empty space? Or underwater, without diving gear,
for more than minutes! All viability is conditional! – Are born babies immediately self-
supporting? - J.Z. 4.7.89, 3.11.08.
ABORTION: … published "wanted" posters … branding individual abortion providers as
"baby butchers". - FREEDOM DAILY NEWS, 30.3.01. - . The term is still too good for
them, for butchers do not butcher their own babies and then throw their flesh and bones
in the garbage. – J.Z., 3.11.08. - BABY BUTCHERS, ABORTIONISTS
ABORTION: A foetus is not a parasite but, rather, a reprint or a new and revised edition,
a combined issue, a mixed duplicate or replica - for which the reproducers are responsible
as preservers. They ought to keep it alive until it becomes self-supporting, no matter
whether this is convenient to them or not, unless a foetus, attached e.g. to a fallopian
tube, threatens the own survival and that of the mother. - J.Z., n.d. & 21.1.93.
ABORTION: A foetus is too young and innocent to be killed. - J.Z. 17.4.84.
ABORTION: A human embryo is an actual human being in the first stage of its life." -
Prof. Johnson, quoted in REASON, Jan. 73.
ABORTION: Abort abortionists and rapists rather than the absolutely innocent unborn
child. – J.Z., 16.9.93, 21.9.08.
ABORTION: Abort abortionists! If one could distinguish abortionists before they are
born, then they ought to be aborted. – J.Z., 16.10.89.
ABORTION: Abort territorial governments rather than babies! – Babies have an almost
positive unlimited potential, while territorial governments have none, even in their
―limited‖ stage. – J.Z., 9.11.97, 21.9.08.
ABORTION: Abort yourself rather than others! - J.Z., 12/72. But in a case of a pregnant
mother, this would kill both! J.Z., n.d. - A right to suicide exists only when a woman is
not pregnant. Afterwards she would have to wait, too, until she has fulfilled her parental
duties. - J.Z., 21.1.93. - Do your own abortion and against yourself only! - J.Z., n.d. &
ABORTION: Aborted children are the most innocent of all victims and, possibly, also the
most numerous. They, certainly, cannot fight back against their enemies, in this case their
parents, often allied with medical practitioners or even specialists. Their parents should
be their guardians, not their terminators. Only the medical experts involved are complete
strangers to these victims. As tax payers we are often forced to subsidize these mass
murders. I assert that the unborn, are human beings from the day and hour of their
conception and that they are entitled to be protected from any willful attacks against their
survival. However , my view can hardly be sufficiently upheld and realized via laws and
jurisdiction and penalties against such offenders. What can be done at this stage of lack of
enlightenment & abundance of errors and prejudices in this respect? E.g. the
exterritorialist political separation of anti-abortionists or pro-lifers from the abortionists.
Further research into the transplant option for unborn children. Realization of all
economic liberties, especially of full monetary and economic freedom and freedom for
economically motivated migrants, to reduce the economic pressures, that induce parents
or single mothers to consider abortion as a solution for themselves. A great liberalization
of the laws on adoption, which have too often come between willing parents and
unwanted babies. Education and upbringing loans. A more comprehensive declaration of
all individual rights and liberties. More publication of all the facts of human development
from conception to birth. An extension of the so far declared rights of children. – J.Z.,
29.5.04, 29.10.07.
ABORTION: Aborted children are the most innocent of all victims and, possibly, also the
most numerous. They, certainly, cannot fight back against their enemies, in this case their
parents, often allied with medical practitioners or even specialists. Their parents should
be their guardians, not their terminators. Only the medical experts involved are complete
strangers to these victims. As tax payers we are often forced to subsidize these mass
murders. I assert that the unborn, if viable, are human beings from the day and hour of
their conception and that they are entitled to be protected from any willful attacks against
their survival. However , my view can hardly be sufficiently upheld and realized via laws
and jurisdiction and penalties against such offenders. What can be done at this stage of
lack of enlightenment & abundance of errors and prejudices in this respect? E.g. the
exterritorialist political separation of anti-abortionists or pro-lifers from the abortionists.
Further research into the transplant option for unborn children. Realization of all
economic liberties, especially of full monetary and economic freedom and freedom for
economically motivated migrants, to reduce the economic pressures, that induce parents
or single mothers to consider abortion as a solution for themselves. A great liberalization
of the laws on adoption, which have too often come between willing parents and
unwanted babies. A more comprehensive declaration of all individual rights and liberties.
More publication of all the facts of human development from conception to birth. An
extension of the so far declared rights of children. – J.Z., 29.5.04, 29.10.07.
ABORTION: Abortion – the Ultimate Child Abuse.‖ – Dangerous Buttons, No. 495. –
Also quoted in THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 20.8.96.
ABORTION: Abortion amounts to a continuous and all too murderous war of all too
many parents against their own unborn children. Governments can only be blamed for
such mass murders in cases like the government of Red China, with the enforcement of
its one-child policy, and for their economic policies that artificially create poverty and
high costs for the upbringing of children - by xyz measures not necessarily intended for
this purpose. By now probably more unborn children are aborted than born children and
adults are killed in wars, ethnic cleansing and other governmental murderous actions.
And many of the abortions are undertaken with governmental medical support and at the
expense of tax payers. – No wonder that ethical considerations are ignored in so many
other spheres as well. - J.Z., 21.9.05, 24.10.07.
ABORTION: Abortion amounts to a continuous and all too murderous war of all too
many parents against their own unborn children. Governments can only be blamed for
such mass murders in cases like the government of Red China, with the enforcement of
its one-child policy, and for their economic policies that artificially create poverty and
high costs for the upbringing of children by xyz measures not necessarily intended for
this purpose. By now probably more unborn children are aborted than born children and
adults are killed in wars, ethnic cleansing and other governmental murderous actions.
And many of the abortions are undertaken with governmental medical support and at the
expense of tax payers. – No wonder that ethical considerations are ignored in so many
other spheres as well. - J.Z., 21.9.05, 24.10.07.
ABORTION: Abortion is objectionable because of the identity of existence of the foetus."
- Randian concept, applied by Ramon Barros.
ABORTION: Abortion leads to an appalling trivialisation of the act of procreation." -
Dr. Donald Coggan, when Archbishop of York. Speech to Shaftesbury Society, 2 Oct.
ABORTION: Abortion prevents adoption and guardianship by others and the transplant
option (coming up), too. There are so many ways now to prevent conception or to deal
with pregnancy otherwise than with killing the unborn. Unprovoked violence with
victims is almost always the first "solution" that comes to the minds of incompetents,
when they have got themselves into unintended trouble by their own irresponsible pursuit
of pleasure. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABORTION: Abortion, compulsory, in many if not in most instances, in Mainland
China: "In the abortion clinic operating room, a woman seven and a half months
pregnant is prepared for compulsory abortion by Caesarean. Nation-wide, over 170
million birth control operations, including abortions, were carried out from 1971 -
1978." - NATIONAL TIMES, Australia, 2.3.84.
ABORTION: Abortionists are among the worst, the most intolerant "territorialists" in
their actions towards the unwelcome arrival of "little strangers". And, naturally, they tend
to ignore the biological information, the close relationship of a foetus not only to mother
but also to its father and any father's obligation to keep his offspring alive and maintain
them towards self-support. - J.Z., 22.12.92. – These unwanted ―immigrants‖ are not
deported but killed! – J.Z., 3.11.08.
ABORTION: Abortionists, as far as their preferred ―action‖ or ―solution‖ is concerned,
have this ―principle‖ and practice in common with e.g. totalitarian communists and Nazis
as mass murderers: ―We own other people‟s lives and can do with them as we please and
as it suits us. We do not recognize any personal and individual rights in certain kinds of
people whom we consider to be our enemies.‖ – J.Z., 16.9.93, 21.9.08.
ABORTION: According to Eleanor Schlafly, in the fourteen years since it was legalised,
23 million unborn American babies have been killed, one every 20 seconds, 4300 a day.
…‖ - John C. Grover, The Hellmakers, Veritas Publishing Co., PO Box 42, Cranbrook,
WA 6321, 1993, p.36. – If that is not extreme terrorist mass murder against most
innocent people, then what is? What makes it worse is that the criminals involved are the
parents and medical professionals. – J.Z., 8.10.07.
ABORTION: Adoption, not abortion.‖ - Dangerous Buttons, No. 502.
ABORTION: All the conventional wars and mass murders and individual murders of
history combined, have not produced as many or as innocent victims as abortions have.
Most of the former were committed by relative strangers, while most of the latter are
committed by the parents of the victims, with professional help and often quite legally.
How will an enlightened future judge our times, our actions and our non-actions? - Mind
you, I do not recommend a civil war on this issue but it is definitely important enough to
be a cause for sorting ourselves out via individual secessionism. That would also
facilitate all kinds of discriminations and boycotts against these exterminators, short of
violent armed clashes. I would e.g. rather buy goods and services from non-abortionists
only. - J.Z. 20.4.89, 21.1.93.
ABORTION: Allow the foetus to make the abortion decision himself - 20 years later. -
J.Z., 30.9.91. - No foetus can vote for abortion. - J.Z., 21.1.93.
ABORTION: Almost any crawling or flying beasts or rare plant can nowadays claim
legal protection - but not the unborn human child. - J.Z., 20.4.87. See:
ABORTION: An aborted sperm or ovum was at most only 1/2 of the full potential so far
required for the growth of an independent new human life. Until cloning is perfected,
either has not yet a full potential. Since either has only half the chromosomes required,
these cells can never reach their potential alone. Skin cells, for instance, would have a
better chance for being cloned. But this kind of potential remains entirely asleep,
permanently, until it is, in future, "fertilised" by a high science cloning effort. Once that
is undertaken, and the automatic growth potential into a complete human being is
reached, then it would also be wrong to intentionally abort such a cell or foetus. - J.Z.,
3.7.85. 20.1.93. – But unintentionally we shed e.g. numerous skin cells every day, which,
unaided, could not be developed into a cloned human being. Much of the house dust
consists of such cells. – J.Z., 3.11.08.
ABORTION: Annually about 300 million abortions take place world-wide, according to
some estimate. How many special talents may thus be killed off, not given any chance to
develop? Probably anywhere between 3 and 30 million. –-J.Z., 13.4.07, 16.10.07. - And
the rest have the same right to life! – J.Z., 3.11.08.
ABORTION: Any act involving another living human being, no matter how young that
other one is, and especially if it deprives the other of his life, is not a private act. - J.Z.,
ABORTION: Are there statistics on possible correlations between abortions and their
numbers and births and their numbers upon the life span of mothers? - J.Z. 13.10.92. -
One could almost wish that it could be proven that women would shorten their life span
by 5 years with every abortion they undertake. - J.Z. 20.1.93.
ABORTION: As long as we tolerate totalitarian regimes, majority despotism and the
nuclear war threat and abominations like abortion and have not yet bothered to learn how
to cope with unemployment and inflation, we are all of us only potentially human. - J.Z.,
n.d. – How many or how few are also those people who have so far shown a serious
interest in all individual rights and liberties, enough to wish to contribute to an ideal
declaration of all of them? – J.Z., 3.11.08.
ABORTION: Children can't be held responsible since children don't cause themselves.
They are not trespassers or uninvited guests but are captives in a situation imposed upon
them without their assent, by their parents. The inability of parents to obtain their
children's assent is not relevant since the burden of obtaining assent is always upon the
actors.‖ - Doris Gordon, REASON, 8/78.
ABORTION: Even most libertarians and anarchists are prepared to sanction mass murder
- when it comes to the human foetus. - J.Z., 15.8.92.
ABORTION: Every abortion aborts all rights and liberties of one still helpless unborn
human being. To consider it as a right of the mother is absurd. - J.Z., 30.9.91, 21.1.93.
ABORTION: Existence exists and the foetus is identical with the later child and adult,
from conception. It's just at a different stage of growth, as are all of us, all through our
lives, from our beginnings to our end, hopefully sometime in eternity. - J.Z., n.d., 20.1.93.
ABORTION: Frank Crick has estimated that the amount of information contained in the
chromosomes of a single fertilised human egg is equivalent to about a thousand printed
volumes of books, each as large as a volume of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. This
amount of coded instruction packed into the size of a millionth of a pinhead, is the
remarkable material which transmits information from parent to offspring, to tell the next
generation how to make a person.‖ - Hudson Hoagland, quoted in Leonard E. Read's The
Free Man's Almanac, for June 26. - Instead of looking down on it, this fact should make
them look up to it, like to a similar micrographic or electronic work of art. The small size
of an information package should increase rather than decrease our respect for it. It does,
but alas, only when it comes e.g. to miniaturised printing or electronic chips etc. - J.Z.,
5.9.77, 21.1.93.
ABORTION: Give babies a choice.‖ - Anti-Abortion Slogan, quoted in THE SYDNEY
ABORTION: Governments, at least in countries like Australia, do not consider the
unborn as parasites but as potential taxpayers and subjects. Thus considered, abortion
would probably be the least defensible tax strike and resistance action. Suicide would
stand, morally, high above it. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABORTION: Have we no right to liberty just because its full realisation is only a future
potential of the present reality, an idea merely germinating in some brain cells? - J.Z.
ABORTION: How can a situation which we are responsible for causing, give rise to a
right to kill the non-assenting person affected?‖ - Doris Gordon, in REASON, 8/78. -
Even in case of rape it would simply double the number of victims, for the foetus, if it
results, is also an innocent party. - J.Z. 20.1.93.
ABORTION: However we may pity the mother whose health or even life is imperiled by
the performance of her natural duty, there yet remains no sufficient reason for condoning
the direct murder of the innocent.‖ – Pope Pius XI, Casti connubii, Dec. 31, 1930.
ABORTION: I could only reconcile abortion with the right of self-defense, namely the
right of the mother to protect herself and her health against even her own unborn child if
the birth of that child threatened her. It has been my feeling that our religion does justify
the taking of life in self-defense. I cannot accept that simply on whim even a mother has
the right to take the life of her unborn child simply because she thinks that child will be
born less than perfect or because she just doesn‟t want to be bothered. …‖ - Ronald
Reagan, p. 92, in ―Sincerely, Ronald Reagan‖, a collection of his letters, compiled by his
secretary Helene von Damm, 1976.
ABORTION: I find myself unable to consider any human offspring as anything other
than human in any stage of their development. - J.Z., 26.7.85. – ―Just a bit of
protoplasm‖? So are your brain and your heart and your sex organs! – J.Z., 21.9.08. –
ABORTION: I hold that abortion is murder and would never voluntarily join a
community which recommended it or morally tolerated it. But I would not rely on the
government to outlaw it for me. Governments have not been successful in this, either, if it
is true that ca. 40 million children are killed every year, world wide, before they are born.
At the same time, I would not object if - at this stage of all too limited enlightenment - the
pro-abortionists seceded from my community or from the present State and did their
"own" thing, i.e., did their own children in. In the long run, ruthless as this sounds, this
would help to reduce the number of people who are immoral enough to commit
infanticide on their own children before they are born. We cannot protect right now all
innocent victims of violent actions by all people all over the world. At most we can do so
within our own volunteer groups, and set an example to all others. - J.Z., n.d. & 20.1.93.
ABORTION: I will not give a woman an instrument to procure abortion.‖ – Part of the
Hippocratic Oath, taken by medical students on receiving their degrees, and supposed to
have been drawn up by Hippocrates, ca. 400 B.C.
ABORTION: I wonder how many parents would abort their own children if our family,
social and economic relations were such that in their old age they would economically
and socially depend upon their children, individually, not in the way any generation
depends upon the other. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABORTION: If a kid has a right to food, shelter, etc. outside a woman's body, then why
doesn't it have that right inside her body?" - Freiarzt, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION,
ABORTION: If a maid with child says to her lover, “I have conceived by thee”, and he
says, “Go, then, to the old woman and ask her for a drug, that thou mayest miscarry”,
and the old women gives her some bangs or shaeta, that kills in the womb, then the sin is
on the head of all three.‖ – The Zend-Avesta ( The Vendidad, xv ), ca. 550 B.C.
ABORTION: If a woman of her own accord drops that which is in her, they shall crucify
her and not bury her.‖ – The Assyrian Code, ca. 2000 B.C. – While the death penalty was
excessive then and there, especially if ―society‖ had a strong bias against single mothers
and their ―bastards‖, the moral stand against abortion was then and there better than it is
today. – J.Z., 21.9.08.
ABORTION: If people are not property after birth, why should they be property before
their birth? – J.Z., 14.2.87.
ABORTION: If the individuality of an individual is not largely predetermined by its
genes, present already in its first cell, then it is not predetermined either once it is born,
when it is 1, 10, 50 or 100 years old. – The development of an individual from the first
cell to his death, is continuous, even when most of its life for the first 9 months is out of
sight. – And each individual carries within himself much of the heritage of mankind in a
quite unique combination. - J.Z., 30.3.89, 10.10.97, 21.9.08. - INDIVIDUALITY,
ABORTION: If the pro-abortionists with their immoral, limited and faulty notions
continue to predominate among libertarians, then the general and long-term outlook for
liberty is bleak. They are then, apparently, unable to apply their own principles - and
most other questions are morally and factually less clear and easy. – Moreover, then, over
generations, they would also largely eliminate themselves. – J.Z., 16.9.93, 21.9.08. -
ABORTION: If you can't trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?" -
Bumper sticker seen in LA, Jan. 91. - If I can trust you to kill an unborn, when it suits
you, I could trust you, too, to kill a born baby when it suits you. - J.Z. 11.1.91. - 9 months
do usually not make all that much difference in any person's life. But deprive a person of
any of his first 9 month and he will not live to experience any more. - J.Z., 21.1.93. – If
people have no moral restraints against killing their own unborn children can they be
trusted towards born children of others and towards other adults? – J.Z., 3.11.08. - DIS.
ABORTION: In my libertarian world-wide, but exterritorial, community any member
involved in an abortion would be excommunicated at the least, if not highly fined or
otherwise punished. In the possibly far future, when abortion has already become as
unpopular as the murder of born children is now, the members of this community would
sooner or later also claim the right to appoint themselves as guardians of an unborn child
against its murderously inclined parents and would sue them for damages - for the benefit
of other unborn children, through a trust-fund - in case they murdered their child. It could
thus become quite "uneconomical" to murder an unborn child. Naturally, for the
foreseeable future, this anti-abortion community would peacefully coexist with pro-
abortion communities and with those communities that have no community policy on this
question. By the nature of the procedure, pro-abortionists would, over many generations,
tend to abort themselves. Or people with the kind of mentality allows them to rationalise
themselves into such actions, would become rarer and rarer in the human stock. If my
own anti-abortionist society ever became a pro-abortionist one, I would feel no loyalty
towards the changed community but only to its older ideals. Thus I would secede from
the new one, as much as I would from a Hitler, Stalin or Mao regime. - J.Z., n.d. &
ABORTION: In the long run, the pro-abortionists will finally abort themselves, while the
human race will be continued by the anti-abortionists. I would welcome that change, and
would love to live to see that day. - J.Z. 20.4.89, 21.1.93. – The average IQ, judgment
and morality index would also be much higher by then. – J.Z., 3.11.08.
ABORTION: Is a foetus only a potential human? Then you may also be murdered before
you have reached your personal potential as a human being. - J.Z. 22.7.91.
ABORTION: Is abortion a result of a kind of “free choice? – “The natural choice is
life!” – From a leaflet of the Queensland Right to Life organization. - The natural and
moral choice is life, not death for others. – J.Z., 21.9.08.
ABORTION: Is it wrong to kill "enemy" conscripts en mass, and civilian victims of
enemy governments, but right to kill your own children, when they are still unborn? - J.Z.
30.9.91. - I would call that a murderous degree of short-sightedness and indifference. -
J.Z., 21.1.93.
ABORTION: Is murder a man's choice, or a woman's choice? Should genuine guardians
of the unborn have no say in the matter when parents want to kill their unborn children?
And aren't more than half of the unborn and the born children males? Would abortions be
rightful if women killed only the female unborn? Can the male genetic contribution in
male and female unborn children be rightfully ignored? This kind of mass murder of
innocents is combined with so much ignorance, stupidity, prejudice and unfounded
righteousness, it's almost unbelievable. Going to the roots or the rooting of this mass
murder problem: Conception should be a free and intentional act among both parties
involved or x parties under other voluntary sexual arrangements. - J.Z., 23.1.01, 2.2.02. -
ABORTION: It's a woman's body and concern.‖ - No, it's a child in a woman's body.
And more often than not, it is a male rather than a female child, too. - J.Z. 22.7.91. – The
father is also involved, at least morally & financially. – J.Z., 3.11.08. – DIS.
ABORTION: Johnson went on to quote Nathaniel Branden who contends that since
parents are responsible for the existence of the foetus which by nature cannot survive by
itself, they are morally responsible for supporting it until it is capable of supporting
itself." - New Libertarian Weekly, No. 70, of April 17, 1977. ( Dr. Thomas Johnson, Prof.
of biology at Mary Washington College. )
ABORTION: Libertarians who support abortion do partly abort their movement. – J.Z.,
ABORTION: Life was not meant to be aborted.‖ - Slogan seen in THE SYDNEY
ABORTION: Man is a mystery. To trivialise that mystery, to treat human life as of little
consequence, is to make human society inhuman. Some may call it freedom to resolve
personal and social problems without giving human life at every stage of its existence the
absolute respect that it is due. But freedom is emptied of all value if it (J.Z.: ???)
degrades and brutalises." - Address to a rally organised by Society for the Protection of
Unborn Children, Chelmsford, Nov. 7, 1976, in Bachman's Book of Freedom Quotations,
p. 206. - Abortion degrades and brutalises - and kills its victims. J.Z. 12.11.82, 21.1.93.
ABORTION: Naturally, there should never be any economic or social pressure upon a
girl or woman to undertake an abortion. Under full economic, political and social
freedom there would not be, at least not in some communities, which all girls and women
in such trouble would be free to join. - J.Z., 20.1.93.
ABORTION: Needed is an economic system in which having children is an economic
asset, as it used to be, for a long time in our history, in many countries, when most people
were still involved in agriculture, and definitely not a great economic burden, often
almost unbearable for the parents. – Naturally, upbringing and education loans should
also become widely available. People are still our greatest ―resource‖. Several books of
Julian L. Simon have made a very good case for this. – J.Z., 21.10.07. - CHILD-
ABORTION: Nothing but murder." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer. - "Infanticide". - Flavius
Josephus. - "The direct murder of the innocent." - Pope Pius XI. - "A capital crime." -
Talmud, Sanhedrin 576, e. - "Premature murder." - Tertullian.
ABORTION: Perhaps the suitable ―penalty‖ for each abortion should be for the woman
to bear two children ( from self-chosen and willing fathers or sperm donors ) and for the
father of the aborted child to adopt two children? But what would be the suitable penalty
for the medical assistant of an abortion? – Anyhow, different panarchies will adopt
different stands towards abortion. At the present state of enlightenment a world without
any willful abortions cannot be enforced or otherwise achieved. – J.Z., 20.9.08.
ABORTION: Prevention of birth is a precipitation of murder. He also is a man who is
about to be one.‖ – Tertullian, Apologeticus, 197. – I guess he meant the female unborn
as well. – J.Z. - - Prevention of birth is a precipitation of murder." - Tertullian, Apology,
39, quoted by Seldes, The Great Quotations.
ABORTION: Recognize your children as your own, even before they are born! Don‘t
turn wombs into death cells for your children. – J.Z., 9.12.97.
ABORTION: Seeing how often adults murder other adults, in peace or in war, we should
not be surprised at how often they do murder quite defenceless born or still unborn
children, whenever it suits them. – J.Z., 21.9.08.
ABORTION: Seeing how wide-spread the practice of abortion is, it does, naturally, find
many spirited defenders, who rationalise it. For who would like to consider himself or
herself as the murderer of any child, least of all the own? There were probably less voices
raised ( as a percentage of the then existing population ) in favour of burning children as
sacrifices to gods - and less such victims. - J.Z. 30.12.81.
ABORTION: Since when do we have a right to unilaterally terminate our obligations to
others, especially by dismembering or burning them to death and then evicting them from
a place in which they have a right to stay?” - Doris Gordon, Coordinator, LFL,
Libertarians for Life, Wheaton, MD, in Reason, 8/78.
ABORTION: Some parents attempt to say to their child, which they are aborting: ―We
kill you for your own good!‖ - J.Z. 10.6.80. - Give them the chance to commit suicide
later, if they really want to. - J.Z. 20.1.93.
ABORTION: That is the difference between gods and men - gods do not murder their
children. They do not exterminate themselves.‖ - Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom, The Jesus
Incident, p.174. – Unless you assume that all the murders in war and peace happen based
upon the will of a God, a supposedly ―loving father‖ of all of us, his supposed ―children‖,
a father mighty enough to prevent all their murders, if he wanted to. – J.Z., 3.11.08. -
ABORTION: That unborn babies are human beings is a scientific fact, not an opinion in
political theory." - George Steven Swan, NEW LIBERTARIAN WEEKLY, No. 71,
April 24, 1977. - In spite of all the birth defects that do occur, there is during all of human
recorded history not a single case on record where a mother gave birth so something
other than a human being, even in cases where they were extremely defective, were
stillborn or did not or could not survive for long. - J.Z., 21.1.93.
ABORTION: The civil extermination war against the own unborn children, the most
atrocious civil war of all. - J.Z. 5.9.86. It has not even the excuse of a religion, which has
misled the parents in the past into sanctioning the child sacrifice of their own children. -
J.Z. 6.9.86, 21.1.93.
ABORTION: The fertilised ovum "cannot be a part of the mother ( it has an entirely
different set of chromosomes ) but is a separate and unique human life." - Karl T. Pflock,
in THE FREEMAN. - I would add: "in its normal early stage." - J.Z., 20.1.93.
ABORTION: The foetus has a right to life." - Dr. Thomas Johnson, Prof. of biology at
Mary Washington College, NEW LIBERTARIAN WEEKLY, Nor. 70, of April 17,
ABORTION: THE free choice - for the foetus and his or her responsible guardian. - J.Z.
30.9.91. - By seriously considering abortion - parents disqualify themselves for
guardianship over their unborn. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABORTION: The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her
own child what is left but for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing
between." - Mother Teresa, Nobel Peace Prize Lecture 1979. - 45 million abortions p.a.
were reported in 1992: Beyond 2,000, TV, 9.6.92. Thus, how many times the death rate
of W.W.II have you lived through? - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABORTION: The main difference between a born and an unborn child is their
geographic location..." - Freiarzt, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 15.2.73.
ABORTION: The Nazis killed babies, too." - Anti-Abortionist slogan in the U.S., quoted
in THE AUSTRALIAN, 13.9.84. - The Nazis actually killed many less babies than the
abortionists did and do, namely ca. 25 to 100 million a year. The estimates differ as
widely. And in the case of the Nazis it was not the own parents and their trusted family
doctor who did the killing. - J.Z. 14.9.87, 20.1.93.
ABORTION: The pro-abortionists should have been aborted. - J.Z. 6.5.80. - Abortionists
should have been aborted. - J.Z. 54.7.89. - Over the centuries and millennia, most of them
will be! - J.Z. 20.1.93.
ABORTION: The so-called 'right to feel wanted' of a child can often be much better
served by adoptive parents than by natural ones. - J.Z. 10.6.80. - So far, in relatively free
countries, there is no shortage of couples who want to adopt children - but here, too, the
bureaucrats do get in the way. - J.Z.20.1.93.
ABORTION: The termination of a pregnancy with extreme prejudice." - L. A. Rollins,
Lucifer's Lexicon. - Judging by the number of victims involved, abortion is worse than
wars and revolutions and civil wars and genocide attempts, worse even than the numbers
of deaths from traffic accidents. At least in the last case the deaths are usually
unintentional. - J.Z., 21.1.93.
ABORTION: There is nothing like being still too small and young and quite innocent a
human being to ―justify‖, in the eyes of all too many, the denial of one‘s humanity and
right to life. – J.Z., 2.3.93, 21.9.08.
ABORTION: To assert that the foetus was a constitutional person ( this is a legal issue,
not one of religious belief ) from conception, would give the State power to legislate (*)
for all kinds of restrictions on the behaviour of pregnant women - for example forbidding
them to smoke or drink - not just the right to take abortifacient drugs within a week or so
of missing a period.‖ - Padraic P. McGuinness, THE AUSTRALIAN, 4.7.89. (*) Rather a
class action opportunity against child poisoners, on behalf of the unborn. - J.Z.
ABORTION: To deny the rights of "aliens" or to ascribe a subhuman nature to them or to
force them into second class citizenship is, alas, still an all too common human failing.
But to deny the rights of the "little strangers", who are the own unborn children, does
reveal an almost subhuman callousness towards human life, even towards one's own flesh
and blood. - J.Z., 20.4.89, 21.1.93. Even most animals take care of their own offspring. –
J.Z., 3.11.08.
ABORTION: To kill or not to kill an unborn child? What a ―free choice‖! Free choice for
whom? Certainly not for the aborted fetus or for its rightful and effective guardian.
Certainly not only a ―free choice‖ for the mother, for not only her own body is involved.
Morally, father and the own unborn child are also involved, with the latter being the most
innocent of all human creatures, the one needing and being naturally entitled to the
greatest protection by its parents or other guardians. One should not play with or abuse as
important words as ―choice‖ in connection with as murderous actions. – This choice is
much like the ―choices‖ which atrocious criminals, with their wrongful threats, impose
upon innocent victims. – But here they are self-selected in most cases, often merely
because of emotions, immaturity, or out of financial motives or out of conditions of
governmentally imposed or made possible poverty and ignorance. - J.Z., 4.3.06, 29.10.07.
ABORTION: We cannot treat the human embryo as cheap and worthless without passing
judgement on all human life, including our own." - Monica Furlong, Christian
ABORTION: Why do those who are opposed to kangaroo slaughter and capital
punishment favour abortion?" - Chuck Brookes.
ABORTION: Without let-up we are still accused because of the mass murder of Jews. Of
this the individual and the people as a whole are not guilty, because we were completely
powerless and could do nothing against it. But with regard to today's mass murder (of
abortion) everyone is also guilty who does nothing against it by his vote, for today he has
this possibility." - Erika Herbst: Alle suchen nach Loesungen - wir haben sie, S. 39. - Not
exactly a libertarian solution but an indication of all too widespread or collective guilt.
We do not have the consent of the victims here but the consensus of the victimisers. The
Nazis had the relative "excuse", or rather rationalisation, that they were not mass
murdering or aborting their own children or close relatives ( going far enough back, we
are all related to each other ) but, rather, relative strangers, whom they considered as their
irreconcilable enemies. ( Jews had actually contributed more to ―German‖ culture and
civilisation than the average German had and just wanted to be left alone or even to be
integrated under general religious and cultural liberty. ) - J.Z., 21.1.93.
ABORTION: You can turn a foetus into a lump of tissue only by killing it! - J.Z. 9.6.82.
ABORTION: You know why they call it birth control? Because it‟s meant to stop a birth
from happening nine months later. We know when life begins. Everyone who ever bought
a pack of condom knows when life begins. To put it another way, with conception
something begins. What do you think it is? A car? A 1948 Buick?‖ — Peggy Noonan in
ABSOLUTISM: ... the spirit of 'You will be free, like it or not!'" - Tibor Machan, Liberty
& Culture, p.243. - Since most remain territorialists, even if territorial decentralists, they
remain to that extent absolutistic, authoritarian, totalitarian and intolerant. - J.Z., 21.1.93.
– Not libertarianism but confinement of their statism to their own volunteers, under
exterritorial autonomy, could be rightly forced upon statists. – J.Z., 3.11.08 -
ABSOLUTISM: Absolutism became popularised as plebiscite democracy." - Marc Eric
Ely-Chaitlin, THE ROYALIST STANDARD, 1898, p. 19.
ABSOLUTISM: Absolutism has absolutely limited rightful powers. - J. & D.Z.,
31.10.82. - Namely the power over its voluntary members only, which they have granted
it. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABSOLUTISM: Absolutism is the principle of authority which is most logically
represented in the State and the church. Until this principle is overthrown, the so-called
'culture nations' will continue to sink deeper and deeper into the bog of power-politics
and a dead industrial technique (J.Z.: ???); this, too, at the cost of that freedom and
manhood out of which alone there can grow for us a higher social culture." – Rudolf
Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, p.432.
ABSOLUTISM: Territorialism, national sovereignty, compulsory state membership or
subjugation and uniform constitutions, legislation, and jurisdiction for the whole
territorial population are the worst absolutist and even totalitarian features of all States
today, even the democratic and republican ones. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABSTRACTIONS: ... people do not correspond to the idea of the people. ... socialism
does not correspond to the idea of socialism,..." - Oriana Fallaci, A Man, 227.
ABSTRACTIONS: Abstractions and theories are a way to liberty and they are a way to
tyranny." - LIBERTY, Summer 74.
ABSTRACTIONS: Evil is the systematic substitution of the abstract for the concrete." -
Jean Paul Satre. - I can think of some other evils. - J.Z., 6.4.89. - But forcing people to
give their lives, liberty, property, earnings and other rights in the service of abstractions,
imposed upon them as supposedly higher goals for all, that, indeed, is a great wrong and
evil. - Aims and programmes, principles, dogmas and institutions, chosen by others and
imposed upon peaceful dissenters, are wrong and evil. For this it does not matter whether
they are more or less abstract or more or less concrete. Let each choose his own. - Z.,
ABSTRACTIONS: In his understanding that 'one of the deepest disasters is to be caught
up in abstractions instead of realities', he possessed to a very high degree that consistent
pluralism of outlook which for Berlin is the essence of political wisdom." - Alleen Kelly,
XIII, in Isaiah Berlin: Russian Thinkers, on Turgenev and Berlin. - IDEAS,
ABSTRACTIONS: Thus they proceed, laborious in trifles, constant in experiment,
without one single abstraction, by which alone knowledge may be properly said to
increase; till, at last, their ideas, ever employed upon minute things, contract to the size
of the diminutive object, and a single mite shall fill their whole mind's capacity." - Oliver
Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World, 245. - Abstractions that sum up reality are not
abstractions related only to the imagination. - J.Z. 7.4.91. The decisive point for peaceful,
rightful and free relations is whether concrete or abstract aims are self-chosen or
imposed. - J.Z., 21.1.93 - GENERALISATIONS.
ABSURDITIES: If we believe in absurdities we shall commit atrocities." - Voltaire,
1694-1778. - "To paraphrase Voltaire, men will stop committing atrocities when men
stop believing absurdities." - BELIEFS, ATROCITIES, IDEOLOGIES,
ABUNDANCE: Space is full of raw materials and energies and space. Respect for other
people's rights and liberties requires, naturally, that you cease dumping your garbage and
poisons upon them. Under freedom rather than statism, they could effectively defend
themselves against such abuses. Earth's resources are still only fractionally used. If all
human flesh, blood and bones were squashed and spread over its land surface, it would
make such a thin film - that it would be barely noticeable. As little living matter and
much more, is easily sustainable, permanently, under full freedom. But this ball of dirt
and its hard surface is not our only option. - J.Z. 21.1.93. - See: POPULATION,
ABUNDANCE: The consumer becomes richer in proportion as he buys more cheaply,
that he buys more cheaply as goods become more abundant, and that abundance is
produce by allowing the fullest possible production. Thus all laws designed to interfere
with the productive miracle are eventually laws punishing the consumer." – G. C. Roche
III, Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.219. - CONSUMER PROTECTION, LAWS,
ABUNDANCE: The problem of production, for hundreds of years yet to come, will be a
problem of manpower to produce the raw materials, and manpower to make and operate
the machines." - Sir Ronald East, The Faith of an Engineer, p. 5. - SCARCITY
ABUNDANCE: The simple fact is that in all those activities where freedom, competition,
and private enterprise have been left to operate in a natural way, there has arisen
abundance." - Ernest Benn, Modern Governments, 199.
ABUSE: If you can‟t answer a man‟s argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile
names.‖ – Elbert Hubbard. - But usually that kind of language use is quite counter
productive. See my other collection of suitable wordings, called shortly RED (
Redensarten ), which is only partly digitized here. - J.Z., 26. 11. 06. – RED., INSULTS,
ABUSES: Before attacking an abuse, one should check whether one could not destroy its
foundations or roots.- Bevor man einen Missbrauch angreift, sehe man, ob man nicht
seine Grundlagen vernichten kann." - Vauvenargues, Reflexions et Maximes, 25.
ABUSES: Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is
abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and abolish
women?‖ – Martin Luther. - Nor are any affairs between consenting adults to be
considered and treated like abuses by outsiders. Capitalism among consenting adults, as
well as any form of socialism among consenting adults! That would prevent all "abuses"
among such adults. The same applies to any form of socialism among consenting adults. -
ABUSES: It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural
liberty upon a supposition that he may abuse it." - Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1658. - -
However, governments, with their unnatural powers and systems, have become so
abusive towards their supposed masters, that this kind of abuse could only be stopped or
reduced to relative harmlessness, by reducing their powers to the minimum, i.e., to
exterritorial autonomy by and over volunteers only. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABUSES: The essential problem is not that the system is abused - the real crime is that
the system is able to be abused.‖ - Viv Forbes, Mine Your Own Business, 1977, p. 2. - I
would rather say: "...the system can be abused." - All territorial and monopolistic and
power systems can and should be reduced. Panarchism would reduce them to
exterritorial, competitive ones, autonomous only over their own affairs, as determined by
their voluntary members. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABUSES: To argue against any branch of liberty from the ill use that may be made of it,
is to argue against liberty itself, since all is capable of being abused.‖ - Lord Lyttleton. -
It would rather argue against irresponsibility, irrationality, immorality and arbitrary
actions. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ABUSES: To suppress the abuse of property means to extinguish it, just as much as to
strike out an entry on the debtor side means also striking it out on the creditor side of an
account." - Proudhon, quoted in Zenker, Anarchism, p. 33. - PROPERTY,
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: ... Bayes makes an observation: 'It is interesting to note that
many professors who do not share this traditional view of property, pay it unwitting
tribute when they insist upon "academic freedom". For so-called academic freedom is
nothing more than the right to hold (i.e. to own) opinions and to utter (to use and enjoy
and dispose of, as property) those opinions. If they are paid for a speech, an article in a
periodical, or a book, they are being paid for the articulate expression of their expert (or
perhaps merely interesting) opinion. It is absurd to suppose that they should receive
payment for something that was not theirs to sell, not their property. The property lies in
their opinion, which is fortified and given commercial value by their expert background
knowledge and their ability to express that opinion clearly and interestingly.'" - The
Incredible Bread Machine, 142. ( Richard Grant‘s edition or the later popularised
version? ) - PROPERTY RIGHTS
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: Business men or corporations do not have any obligation to
give money to institutions whose views or attitudes they disapprove of. It's absurd to
insist otherwise - yet this absurdity is consistently set forth in the name of 'academic
freedom'." - John Chamberlain, introducing: W.F. Buckley, God & Man at Yale, XXXIX.
- Let universities be self-supporting and competitive and they will set and enforce or
assure their own standards. That would be real academic freedom. Some of them could
also be administered by students, as paying customers, hiring and firing lecturers and
services, made financial largely via student loan schemes, credit unions and personal
loans. Any education should ultimately more than pay for itself. - J.Z. 21.1.93.
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: Freedom to be academic." - L.A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon.
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: In state after state down through history - Red China being
the current glaring example - where there has been no economic freedom, there has been
no academic freedom. The two go hand-in-hand. Those who want to preserve their
academic freedom, would do well to support and promote economic freedom, For, if the
day ever comes when a ruling elite controls the economy down to the smallest detail, that
will also be the day when a few men holding a monopoly of political power will control
the academic community, down to the smallest detail." - Loyal Meek, in Read's Free
Man's Almanac, entry for October 17.
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: It would seem that what we actually find is not academic
freedom (i.e. freedom of speech) at all, but rather, academic license on the part of the
faculty and academic silence on the part of the students." - Thomas Johnson, Option,
ACADEMICS: ... creeping credentialism abounds at the professor's institution." -
ACADEMICS: Academic experts: People who spend a lot of time in school often come to
believe that they know more about the world than the people who live in it." - National
Taxpayer's Union, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 10/77. - How long did
it take before a handful of academics finally took up some radical libertarian ideas and
how far are most even of these academics still behind the freedom teachings of some of
the freedom pioneers? What a tiny minority they are compared with the hordes of
academics that excused or rationalised every State characteristic and intervention! - J.Z.
ACADEMICS: I have seen the libraries of several libertarian and anarchist scholars and
was surprised rather about what they did not contain rather than what they did. The book
market has apparently insufficiently supplied and informed them. Without ready access to
all freedom writings can anyone become a genuine scholar of liberty options? - J.Z.,
ACADEMICS: Natural folly is bad enough, but learned folly is intolerable." - Thomas
Fuller, in 1732, quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 26.5.75.
ACADEMICS: The few modern academic writers who expressed panarchistic and
monetary freedom ideas, all too belatedly, take note only of each other and not of the
many prior writings of non-academics on these subjects. They and their teachings are also
still ignored by most other academics. Most academic writers and lecturers still ignore
these freedom options altogether or imagine them to be outdated. – J.Z., 15.1.05. - -
Moreover, tax payers are forced to maintain these statist priests with their wrongful
numerous wrongful and harmful dogmas, prejudices and false premises. And no one is
allowed to opt out of the wrongful and coercive territorial systems and institutions that
have been and still are constitutionally, legally and juridically established and also
supported by the misleading academics, with their statist preachings. – J.Z., 24.10.07. -
ACCOMPLICE: One associated with another in a crime, having guilty knowledge and
complicity, as an attorney who defends a criminal, knowing him guilty. This view of the
attorney's position in the matter has not hitherto commanded the assent of attorneys, no
one having offered them a fee for assenting.‖ – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil‟s Dictionary.
ACCOUNTABILITY: The two maxims which Mill says together form the entire doctrine
of the essay „On Liberty‟ are, first, that the individual is not accountable to society for his
actions, in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself; and secondly,
that for such actions as are prejudicial to the interests of others, the individual is
accountable, and may be subjected either to social or to legal punishments, if society is of
the opinion that the one or the other is requisite for its protection..." - S. Hutchinson
Harris, The Doctrine of Personal Right, p.112. - The interests of others or their rights?
Busybodies take often too much interests in the exercise of basic rights by others and
then they pass e.g. obscenity laws and prohibition acts against alcohol, other narcotic
drugs, nudism etc. etc. - J.Z. 21.1.93. See Self-responsibility, Internal Affairs,
Individualism, Individual Sovereignty.
ACCOUNTING: Business couldn't work without accounting. Double-entry bookkeeping,
conceived centuries ago by a forgotten Catholic priest, probably had much more to do
with the blossoming of business than any other single innovation. It is essentially a way
of internalising market information, of hypothetically pricing things which really have no
price because they are not traded. When accounting is carried to its ultimate application,
when every employee is a hypothetical (J.Z.: actual) profit centre, then everyone can
function exactly as the boss himself functions. Then the apparent need for management
will disappear." - source? date? author? Reichert, Partisans of Freedom? - This is not all
that could be offered by fully developed accounting. It would make it possible for
individuals, to issue e.g. their own IOUs or clearing certificates in all payments they have
to do and receive them back in all payments due to them. Complete accounting would
lead to complete clearing of every unused or under-used goods, service and labour
readiness for sale, i.e., here proper accounting or settlement of accounts would do away
with unemployment and depressions. - J.Z., 21.1.93. - COOPERATIVES, SELF-
ACCURACY: In my undergraduate physics laboratory a cartoon hung on the wall that
showed a disgruntled archer facing a target where five of his arrows have all landed in a
very tight cluster on the outer ring – far from the bull‟s eye. The caption read: “Precision
is not accuracy.‖ – Tony Rothman, in ANALOG, Nov. 87, p, 61. - - Ibid: ―A computer
can make an answer more precise; it cannot make it more accurate.‖ – I would rather say
―truthfulness‖ than ―accuracy‖ in many cases. – J.Z., 23.10.07. - PRECISION, RED.:
ACCUSATION: I accuse.‖ ( ―J'accuse". - Emile Zola, 1840-1902, title of open letter to
French President about the Dreyfus Affair, 1898. - After all the hue and cry of this
scandal - and of others - has died down, ready for the next, can we say that governments
have become any better? They must loose the unnatural territorial powers ―granted‖ to
them, or, rather, so far tolerated in them, which made these scandals possible in the first
place. First among these are compulsory state membership or subjugation, i.e. their
territorial and sovereign status and the giant monopoly that results. - J.Z. 21.1.93. –
ACHIEVEMENT: ... the sight of an achievement was the greatest gift a human being
could offer to others." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 226. - Perhaps the second greatest
gift might be the experience offered by "competing governments" of volunteer
communities, that tolerantly practised one or the other statist economic system within
themselves, at their own risk and expense, thereby publicly disproving it. In free
competition with various forms of free societies practised among their volunteers! The
right to fail is almost as important as the right to succeed. Together they constitute the
right to try or experiment - in every sphere. Ayn Rand would not grant it but insisted still
upon a "limited" government with compulsory membership and an exclusive territorial
monopoly. However, she did envision some form of voluntary taxation and made many
panarchistic sounding remarks. - J.Z., 21.1.93. – Already the comprehensive registration
of mere ideas, projects and proposals, would be an enormous achievement and could
provide a market for the realization of all the good ideas among them, a great chance for
their originators and promoters. – What passes now as ―news‖ is, mostly, trivially
insignificant with such a free market. – Enlightenment and progress could be immensely
speeded up. - J.Z., 4.11.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT,
ACHIEVEMENT: I'm for the achiever." - Upton Mille, THE FREEMAN, 3/73. -
Freedom for both, the over-achievers and the underachievers, so that both can achieve
what they are capable of achieving and want to achieve. - J.Z. 21.1.93. - SUCCESS,
ACHIEVEMENT: We must dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a
democracy of opportunity." - Jefferson, quoted in: C. Bingham, Men & Affairs. - By all
means. Do become e.g. a micrographics pioneer, helping to finally getting all the pro
freedom writings readily in print and keep them in print, at affordable prices, easily
readable with simple and affordable machines. Anyone can become a microfiche
publisher and reader. - J.Z. 21.1.93. The same does now apply to electronic publishing.
Even cheaper than many books offered on websites are numerous books offered in discs:
Up to 6 on a humble floppy, up to 3000 on a CD, 15,000 on a DVD and over 3 million on
an external HD of 1 TB! A complete freedom reference library on your desk? Why aren‘t
millions of supposed freedom lovers rushing to realize, between them, that freedom of
information and freedom of expression, free enterprise & free trading option? – Why do
they, rather, try, largely in vain, to push only fractions of it in limited, expensive and,
mostly, apart from on-demand publishing only, printed editions? – J.Z., 4.11.08. –
ACQUIESCENCE: Nothing so soon destroys freedom as cowardly and servile
acquiescence. Men will never have any more liberty than they are ready to fight to take
and preserve." - Clarence Darrow, quoted by Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.355. -
But for this they may have to established ideal local volunteer militias for the protection
of individual rights, internationally federated and armed, trained and organized to defend
them effectively. An individual cannot always succeed in facing down statist aggression
on his own. More often than not he will then achieve only a martyr's crown or become
one of the unknown fallen soldiers for liberty. – Alas, not even an ideal individual rights
declaration has been compiled or published so far and I have not encountered any interest
in such a project – among supposed ―freedom-lovers‖! - J.Z., 21.1.93.
ACQUIESCENCE: The idea that all authority rests ultimately on the acquiescence of the
individual and that his refusal to no longer obey unjust or outmoded authority would
immediately transform the social relations of society, was a widely held precept among
anarchists of all persuasions.‖ - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.434. - IGNORING
ACROPHOBIA: He fails to recognize his own acrophobia, his own dread of standing
alone without support." - Walter Kaufman: Without Guilt & Justice, p.11. - ALONE,
ACTION: … What could be done was so far ahead of what had been done.‖ – Carl
Sagan, Contact, 27. – What is still needed, among many other things, is a common,
comprehensive and well publicized digitized list of current libertarian projects, inviting
collaborators from all over the world, thus raising the necessary manpower and funds for
larger projects. – J.Z., 8.9.07. - DOING THE RIGHT THING
ACTION: The prospect of operating, instead of being operated on, cheered him
immensely.‖ - Poul Anderson, The Avatar, 36. , OPERATING, SELF-
ACTION: There is nothing more frightening that ignorance in action.‖ – Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe. - IGNORANCE IN ACTION
ACTION: Think before you act.‖ - Proverbial wisdom. – ―First ponder, then dare.‖ –
Helmuth von Moltke. - CALLS FOR ACTION, THINK
ACTIVISM: Dynamism ist eine Taetigkeit, die nicht nach ihrem Sinn fragt.― - Hans
Habe, Leben fuer den Journalismus, III, S. 260, 1936. ( Dynamism is an activity that does
not question its sense. ) Should we have activism for the sake of activism, in the same
way as we have "art for art's sake"? Most activism is based on flawed ideas and theories,
on insufficient thinking, if any thoughts at all. Most protest and resistance actions are
costly, trivial, risky and inefficient and few have been systematically questioned and
tested for their effectiveness, because the activists simply "think" that doing something,
no matter how useless or stupid, is better than doing nothing at all or "merely" pondering
about rightful and efficient action programs. Thus anarchists and libertarian activists have
not yet provided, between them, a common platform for rightful and sensible resistance,
reform, liberation and revolution actions, have not yet agreed on first principles, have not
yet subscribed to a common declaration of individual rights and liberties, remain largely
unaware of monetary freedom and exterritorial autonomy options. They fritter away their
energies and resources and have not even bothered to effectively combine all their written
resources, ideas, projects, options, facts and special knowledge. How little their
"activism" has achieved and can achieve should be obvious by now. Goethe remarked on
this: "There is no more terrible sight to behold than ignorance in action." - J.Z., 1.2.02. -
ACTIVISTS: Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.‖ - Johann Wolfgang von
ADVENTURES: Most of the greatest adventures take place in the head rather than being
confined to time, place, event or actions. – J.Z., 7.1.98. - MIND, BRAIN,
ADVERTISEMENTS: How inefficient advertisements still are is proven by their
frequent repetition. One advertisement is not enough. It has to be repeated x times to pay
for itself. – J.Z., 5.2.93. - Even this works only for already widely wanted or daily needed
consumer goods and services – and for the political propaganda lies of territorial warfare
States. The potential advertising appeal of quite rightful war and peace aims has not yet
been freely and extensively experimented with. – J.Z., 21.9.08.
ADVICE: Advice is one thing, coercion another; ...‖ - Francis B. Willmott, A Philosophy
of Production, 72.
ADVICE: Not only good advice is needed but also intelligence, judgment, time, energy,
funds, persistence and opportunity to apply it. – J.Z., 25.2.00. – In all too many spheres
we do not as yet have the experimental freedom to turn good ideas into praxis. – J.Z.,
21.9.08. – The advice to allow or to establish panarchies for all kinds of volunteers is still
very widely ignored. – J.Z., 3.11.08. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM,
ADVICE: Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of
using it.‖ - Gordon R. Dickson - JOKES
AEROPLANES: The aeroplane is the angel of the religion of success." - Hermann
Schweppenhaeuser. – But its use as bombers and fighter planes is an indication of an
enormous failure. – Their successors, rockets, may rocket mankind into oblivion. - J.Z.,
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Consider “affirmative action”, which in practice amounts to
compulsory discrimination in the name of civil rights. ( Liberalism has only banned
voluntary discrimination. ) – Joseph Sobran, Civil Rights and the Politics of Theft, in:
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, ed., The Economics of Liberty, Mises Institute, 1990, p. 184. -
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: It‟s not affirmative action. It‟s affirmative apartheid. (1)
Sure, one is designed to favor whites & separate races, while the other is designed to
favor Blacks & Hispanics and push people together … But both are equally racist and
equally loathsome as top-down social engineering.‖ – Claire Wolfe, Don‟t Shoot the
Bastards (YET), 101 More Ways To Salvage Freedom, p.7. (1) Thank your, Charles
Curley, for the term “affirmative apartheid”. A FORM OF APARTHEID
AFFLUENCE: An affluent society cannot prevail unless individuals see that their
economic well-being stems from the general practice of the principles of private
ownership, the free market, and limited government." - Read, Castles in the Air, 158, and
in THE FREEMAN, 7/74. - Otherwise, only some individuals can get affluent - at the
expense of others. - J.Z., 11.11.82. – How much more could be achieved for all – under
full freedom for all, as an option? – Naturally, no more freedom should be pushed upon
all than they are able and willing to handle. Progress requires also the deterrent examples
of those who chose little or no freedom for themselves. - J.Z., 4.11.08. – PANARCHISM,
AFFLUENCE: An immoral development that is in danger of superseding honest
poverty." - From IEA listing. - JOKES
AFFLUENCE: Far from having the 'affluence' which Prof. Galbraith attributes to them,
most Americans at present are practising an austerity that is tempered only by the
willingness of consumer finance companies to extend credit for certain long-term
purchases I don't know a soul that wouldn't paint his house or get rid of an antique car or
send a son or daughter to a better school or take a more expensive vacation or move into
anew neighbourhood or try out a new hobby, if he or she could afford it." - John
Chamberlain, THE FREEMAN, Sep. 60. – Like poverty, affluence, too, is relative. But
we have certainly not yet achieved the kind of affluence and absence of involuntary
poverty that could be achieved through the knowledge of and realization of all individual
rights and liberties, especially the economic ones. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
AFFLUENCE: For instance, Fuller once took the living standard of the top 1 per cent of
the U.S. population in 1900 as a base definition of affluence and calculated how many
Americans are now affluent by that standard. The answer is over 60 %. The trend curve
is to reach 100% by around the year 2000." - R. A. Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, p.52.
AFFLUENCE: Why not? Isn't God a millionaire?" - Frank Buchman, founder of Moral
Re-Armament, on being challenged to explain how he could afford to live in the best
hotels. – Alas, too many think of themselves as Gods that ought to be obeyed and
worshipped, regardless of the flaws in their ―creations‖. – J.Z., 4.11.08. – GOD
AGE & AGING: Age and aging are the universal enemies of man. – J.Z., 8.11.03.
AGE & NEW IDEAS: The true indication of age is the amount of pain they experience
when they encounter a new idea.‖ – Quoted by Jerry Adams, author of ―The Hitchhiker‟s
Guide to the Galaxy‖, on radio, 4.5.99. – Resistance to new ideas is not only a matter of
AGE: Let us try to make death die – of old age or sickness! – J.Z., 12.3.99. Just like we
try to make cancers or any other disease die. – J.Z., 21.9.08. – LIFE EXTENSION,
AGE: Once one becomes older one has consciously to stay at a certain level.― - Goethe,
―Sprueche in Prosa‖, J.Z. tr. of: ―Wenn man aelter wird, muss man mit Bewusstsein auf
einer gewissen Stufe stehen bleiben.‖ – But one should still explore this level as far as
one can. One does not have the time and energy left for other levels and projects. – J.Z.,
AGGRESSION: "… the attack on the productive people of America by their own
government now knows no bounds...." - Dr. Craig Roberts, in REASON, Feb. 78, p. 30.
AGGRESSION: ... an attack on the liberty of any one ... is an attack on the liberty of
all... Once a determined government begins the process of eroding human rights and
liberties - always with the best possible intentions - it is very difficult for individuals or
for individual groups to stand against it." - H. R. H. Prince Philip, QUADRANT, 1/78 -
Not if e.g. they form an international federation of all suppressed minority groups. They
might even begin to organise, arm and train themselves but, if so massively organized,
they would already form the majority everywhere and might never have to fight for their
liberties. Are the remaining princes now better spokesmen for human rights than most of
the supposedly free citizens? - J.Z., 22.1.93. – INTERNATIONAL FEDERATIONS OF
AGGRESSION: ... we, as libertarians, resolve to oppose all forms of aggression by any
State, Government, self-appointed saviour, individual or association of individuals." -
The Libertas Statement, Society for Libertarian Life, SLL.
AGGRESSION: … all that we know of modern wars associates them with the cupidity of
the few rather than with the combativity of the many." - Pierre Bovet, L'Instinct Combatif,
quoted in Havelock Ellis, Selected Essays, The Philosophy of Conflict, p.216.
AGGRESSION: … the experience of all societies has confirmed that restraints upon
aggressive conduct are necessary. No one can live and prosper if the things he needs for
his life and work can be stolen or destroyed by his neighbor. Therefore, he must prevent
such theft or destruction either by his own efforts or by the combined defensive strength
of some group. Since a single man‟s efforts will often be insufficient, it is inevitable that a
number of men will come together to form a “protective association”. The function of
this association is to protect its members from aggression. The protective association, in
its simplest role as protector against aggression, is sometimes called the “minimal state”
or the “nightwatchman state.‖ – Joseph F. Johnston, Jr., The Limits of Government,
Regnery Gateway, Chicago, 1984, p.193/94. – Alas, J.F.J. here jumps to a wrong
conclusion. Since territorial ―protective‖ associations, with their monopoly and power,
have always been the biggest criminals, with the largest take, more or less victimizing all
inhabitants, it is absurd to expecting them to limit themselves to the ideal size and
function that J.F.J. ascribes to them. It is expecting simply too much from them, much
more than they are able and willing to deliver. And who or what is to force them to so
reform themselves? If such a power existed, then it could also be effectively used against
the minor criminals. Even now the private security services, where allowed, are more
numerous in manpower and more efficient in their protective in their function for their
subscribers than are the official police forces. Thus their subscribers are prepared to pay
their extra costs, on top of the taxes for the police force, whose protection they rarely ever
get. Armed self-protection and militia protection of individual rights and liberties are
largely outlawed by territorial States. Governments, with their various forces and
authorities and powers hardly prevent crimes but commit crimes on the largest scale –
usually quite ―legally‖ and cause crimes on a vast scale, e.g. by their anti-drug laws and
anti-drug wars. – J.Z., 2.10.07. - RESTRAINTS UPON IT, BY A TERRITORIAL
AGGRESSION: A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a
lawful cause of war." - Francis Bacon, Of Empire, Essays, 1625. - Territorial States are
always such threats. Even when temporarily seeming inseparable friends and allies, they
can rapidly turn into cold war or hot war enemies, regardless of the thoughts and feelings
and wishes of many to most of their involuntary members. - J.Z., 22.1.93. - DECISION,
AGGRESSION: A man's liberties are none the less aggressed upon because those who
coerce him do so in the belief that he will be benefited. In thus imposing by force their
wills upon his will, they are breaking the law of equal freedom in his person; and what
the motive may be matters not." - Herbert Spencer, The Principles of Ethics, par. 366.
AGGRESSION: A war of aggression is really nothing much more than a large-scale
armed robbery.‖ Tom Clancy, title? p. 312 of SSN, Berkley Books, 2000.
AGGRESSION: Aggression is like inflation, maybe. Not terribly pro-survival, even for
'successful' aggressors." - AKA, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 15.2.73.
AGGRESSION: Aggression is simply another name for government. Aggression,
invasion, government are interchangeable terms. The essence of government is control,
or the attempt to control. He who attempts to control another is a governor, an
aggressor, an invader; and the nature of such invasion is not changed, whether it be
made of the ordinary criminal, or by one man upon all other men, after the manner of an
absolute monarch, or by all other men upon one man, after the manner of a modern
democracy." - Benjamin R. Tucker, quoted in Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, p.241.
AGGRESSION: Aggression may be thought of as force or fraud or as he threat of force
or fraud. Hence, from a Natural-Law standpoint, only one thing is against the law:
aggression against others." - Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.30. - LAW,
AGGRESSION: Aggressive violence occurs when the limit of equal freedom for all is
exceeded against the will of those concerned. In case of their voluntary consent it is
naturally not infringed..." – Kurt H. Z in his Open Letter to Augstein.
AGGRESSION: Any forceful attempt to make other people live by one's own standards
instead of their own. - J.Z., 9.10.88.
AGGRESSION: Ending aggression by counter-aggression is not enough." - John
Hargraves, 1940, in Words Win Wars, p. 192. – It is even too much and makes both sides
wrong. – Wars, if they still take place at all, ought to become reduced to quite rightful
policing actions against the real war criminals only. – J.Z., 8.11.08.
AGGRESSION: Falkland Islands War: "Aggression, wherever it occurs, must be
defeated." - Agreed, but if it is internally countered in time - against a despotic
government, then one will usually not have to counter it in an international war. When it
has been allowed to proceed to that stage then it is already largely out of hand. Overthrow
the despots and warmongers BEFORE they can make war! - J.Z., 22.5.82. - And if it
comes to War, as against Iraq, let it be one rather against its leader than against his
victims, whether the latter are in uniform or out of them. - 22.1.93. - All those of the
Falkland Islands people who would have wanted to become citizens of Argentina or
independents of one kind or the other, should have been given the chance to do so,
exterritorially. That might have become the "the thin edge of the wedge" against
territorialist despotism and aggression. - J.Z., 24.9.02.
AGGRESSION: He called this the Tar-Baby Principle ( 'You Are Attached To What You
Attack' ).... his attacks on government kept him perpetually attached to it. It was his
malign and insidious notion that government was even more attached to him; that his
existence qua anarchist, qua smuggler, qua outlaw, aroused greater energetic streaming
in government people than their existence aroused in him, that, in short, he was the Tar
Baby on which they could not resist hurling themselves in anger and fear: an electro-
chemical reaction in which he could bond them to himself just as the Tar Baby captured
anyone who swung a fist at it." - Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus, vol. II, p. 200. - He certainly
makes a case for live and let live policies rather than mutual provocation and attacks, i.e.
against the supposedly "anarchistic" bomb-throwing and against other acts of terrorism as
supposed means to overthrow the State. Individual secessionism and exterritorially
autonomous organization of all minorities and their federation for this purpose, may be
very effective but hardly do constitute any attack upon those who remain and want a
State for themselves. - J.Z., 23.1.93. - ENEMY, OPPONENTS, PANARCHISM,
AGGRESSION: Hitler has killed millions of good Russian people - but has he killed as
many as Stalin did? The worst aggressions are often the internal ones, against the own
subjects. - J.Z., 3.8.85. - They are not the "internal affairs" of the rulers. - J.Z., 22.1.93.
AGGRESSION: How "aggressive" will man be if no longer forced to think and act as a
member of a territorial warfare State? - J.Z., 21.7.92.
AGGRESSION: If governments have any purpose and function, it is that they will protect
the people from aggressive lawlessness. But all governments, through the medium of
taxation, commit aggression against all citizens in order to collect the money that they
plan to use to protect people from aggression." – Robert LeFevre, July 2, 1956, in Carl
Watner, LeFevre, p.64.
AGGRESSION: If man were a born aggressor, he would not have to be conscripted,
trained and disciplined into being one. - J.Z., 22.9.82, 22.1.93.
AGGRESSION: Innate aggressive-defensive instinct, defending territory, life, family or
kind or friends or property. - If it existed, to a sufficient degree, then we could never have
any suppression of human rights, any despotism, tyranny or totalitarianism, at least not
for long. - An instinct to submit to a leader of a herd seems to be stronger, even when he
leads to disaster. However, that image is wrong, too, on closer examination, seeing the
lies and coercion he has to apply against the human herd, to remain its leader and to
continue to mislead them. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
AGGRESSION: It is commonly thought that a little force by authorities is acceptable if it
is controlled and limited. But isn't a little robbery (taxation), a little murder (war) and a
little kidnapping (conscription) a ready-made foundation to build further extensions of
aggression? To paraphrase Prof. Murray Rothbard, 'once you justify the existence of
aggression, once you sanction the use of force to control people, for no matter what
reason, you can justify ever other evil and excess of the State.'" - SLL leaflet,
AGGRESSION: Many men are aggressive animals." - W. C. Allee: The Social Life of
Animals. - And almost all are defensive animals! - J.Z., 12.4.84. - The only thing true
about "man, the born aggressor" is that there are some beasts among us who are not yet
sufficiently domesticated or humanized. - J.Z., 22.9.82.
AGGRESSION: No free State could reasonable tolerate aside of itself any constitutions
whose heads derive benefits from subjugating neighbouring peoples and who, thereupon,
through their very existence do perpetually disturb the security of the neighbours. Care
for their own security forces all free States to transform all their neighbours likewise into
free States and thus to extend, for their own benefit, the empire of culture over the
savages, that of freedom over the slave people around them. Soon the peoples, formed or
liberated by them, will get into the same situation with their still barbaric or slavish
neighbours, in which the originally free States stood with themselves, a while ago. Then
they will be forced to do for their neighbours what has been done to them. Consequently,
after some genuinely free States were developed, the empire of culture and of freedom
and with them that of a general peace, will necessarily but gradually embrace the whole
of the planet. - Thus there follows necessarily, from the establishment of a just
constitution in the interior and from the solidification of peace between individuals, a
rightful relationship in the external relations of the peoples against each other and the
general peace among the States."- J. G. Fichte, Die Bestimmung des Menschen, in my
off-the-cuff translation, rather than a searched-for and finally found better translation. -
The remaining flaws of that thinking are dealt with in my On Panarchy series. - J.Z.,
AGGRESSION: No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of
another." - Thomas Jefferson
AGGRESSION: Not whoever first resorts to arms is causing the disaster but who makes
that necessary." - Macchiavelli, History of Florence, VII.
AGGRESSION: On the other hand, even in our modern, violent society, many
individuals are unaggressive and nonviolent, and a few rather remote tribes are still
uncompetitive. Traditionally, the nomadic Eskimos of the American Arctic cooperatively
shared food and shelter among the members of the clan and settled disputes without
resorting to violence. The Tangu people of New Guinea shared food equally among tribal
members and engaged in games in which the object was to end in a draw. The Semai
farmers of Malaya avoid violence of every kind. Historically, many nomadic tribes that
survived by hunting or gathering natural vegetation were not competitive with one
another, nor were they defensive of territory. Although the world was eventually
dominated by the more aggressive, competitive, and territorial peoples, the existence of
tribes and individuals who were not and are not aggressive and competitive leads us to
question the belief that these characteristics are a part of human nature. At least we
cannot accept, on the evidence, that aggressiveness and competitiveness are universal or
essential aspects of human nature.‖ - Dr. Laurence J. Peter, Why Things Go Wrong or
The Peter Principle Revisited, George Allen & Unwin, p.103/104. - VIOLENCE,
AGGRESSION: One man has been forgotten: Ragnar Dannarskjold. It's time someone
extrapolated from the right of self-defence to the equally-clear right of preventive and
pre-emptive attack." - Richard S. Hack, L.C., 10.7.72. - But, should we take the
government loot from the pensioners, like some muggers do? Or should we rather start by
forcefully protecting their right to work and not to be taxed, and their right to their share
in the remaining public assets of the bureaucrats? - J.Z., n.d., & 23.1.93. – DEFENCE,
LIBERATION, INTERVENTION and financial initiatives like the Finance Plan in
PEACE PLANS 19C. ( Presently only available from me in its digitized version. – J.Z.,
AGGRESSION: Only whoever condemns aggressive force in all cases and under all
conditions is entitled to complain about it in particular cases.‖ - J. H. Mackay,
AGGRESSION: Rule over other peoples and over our "own" dissenters living in he same
area, amounts to aggression. - J.Z., 23.9.88. – TERRITORIALISM, PRESENT STATES,
AGGRESSION: Submission to aggression was even worse than aggression itself." -
Duke of Edinburgh, in Canberra, 31.3.71. - Offering the other cheek or passive resistance
does not affect or resist those criminal psychopaths, in and out of office, who have no
conscience and no concept of rights but a strong urge to dominate and even terrorise
others. It can only work against those who do already largely agree or sympathise with
oneself but who do not want to consider themselves as violent and aggressive people. -
Alas, he did not clearly distinguish voluntary and individual submission to statism, on the
basis of exterritorial autonomy only, while leaving the choices of others, for their statists
or non-governmental societies to them, a individuals, as long as they do not claim any
territorial monopoly, either. - J.Z., 23.1.93, 4.11.08.
AGGRESSION: Suppression of human rights, internally or externally, against many or
few, with arms or by other coercive means. - J.Z., n.d. - Compare my article on
aggression in PEACE PLANS 3.
AGGRESSION: The Anarchist rather suffers aggression than committing it himself, even
if only out of negligence." - K.H.Z., letter to Rudolf Augstein.
AGGRESSION: The assailant is often in the right; the assailed is always." - Walter
Savage Landor, "John of Gaunt and Joanna of Kent," Imaginary Conversations, 1824-53.
- What about the assailed tyrant? At least one should distinguish between initiated
coercion or violence and defensive force. - J.Z., 20.11.85, 22.1.93. Compare e.g.:
Aggression: Who Is the Aggressor? 6pp, 1965, in PEACE PLANS 3 and my articles even
on devaluation, fluoridation and indiscriminate air raids as aggression. - J.Z. – Landor‘s
remark is inherently contradictory, for those cases in which, as he assumed, the assailant
is in the right. Then the assailed cannot be likewise in the right. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
AGGRESSION: The contemporary State is not only incapable of protecting 'its citizens'
from outside aggression; it has become the biggest aggressor, with its endless taxes,
conscriptions and interferences." - VONULIFE, 3/73. - STATE, PROTECTION,
AGGRESSION: The essence of the hypothesis is that interference with the goal-directed
activity of an individual (i.e., frustration) 'can produce an instigation to aggression'
(Berkowitz), or, as Neal Miller stated, 'Frustration produces instigations to a number of
different types of response, one of which is an instigation to some form of aggression.'-
B. D. Shaffer, Violence as a Product of Imposed Order, p. 16. - FRUSTRATION,
AGGRESSION: The invader, whether an individual or a government, forfeits all claims
to consideration from the invaded." - Benjamin R. Tucker, Catalogue, p. 102. - See
RIGHTS & DECISION-MAKING, - to decide, properly, who is the invader. - Separate
peace treaties are advisable with all others, governments in exile for them etc. Aggressors
like Saddam Hussein should not be countered by shooting up his conscripts, by the ten-
thousands, but by aiming directly back at him. See e.g., under TYRANNICIDE. - That
whole subject is so messed up by myths, errors and prejudices, that it can only be
compared with e.g. the confusions among "the faithful", "economists", "utopians" and
"philosophers". - J.Z., 22.1.93.
AGGRESSION: The mere production and storing of ABC weapons is an aggressive act -
a mass murder conspiracy. - J.Z., 23.8.66. - Thoughts like this are already embodied in
the statements and proposals of two books of mine against war and nuclear war in
particular, in PEACE PLANS 16-17 & 61-63, both on So many
more of this kind have accumulated in the meantime, in a file NWT: Nuclear War Threat,
that I am considering making a separate compilation of them. - J.Z., 22.1.93. - We need a
chain reaction of words and ideas against the threatening nuclear chain reactions. - J.Z.,
AGGRESSION: The opposite of voluntarism is aggression. Aggression is an unprovoked
and unjustified assault or invasion upon peaceful individuals who pose no physical threat
to the attacker. For instance, there is nothing inherently moral or immoral concerning
transportation by bus. Yet, when people are compelled by fear of arrest and jail to have
their children ride a bus, then, these parents have been assaulted with intimidation. The
parents of the bussed children have committed no crime of violence or fraud to warrant
governments' edicts of forced bussing. - In forced bussing government becomes the
aggressor and the parent becomes the victim. As Max Stirner wrote: '... the State calls its
own violence law, and that of the individual crime.'" - SSL Leaflet: Voluntarism.
AGGRESSION: The record of government is one of aggression by way of taxation,
conscription, confiscation and inflation ( merely a disguised form of taxation )." - An
Introduction to the Workers Party, a 1975 leaflet.
AGGRESSION: Today the greatest threats to personal liberties arise, not from
aggressions by foreign governments, but from encroachments by governments upon the
rights of their own citizens." - Admiral Ben Moreell, The Admiral's Log, II, p.9. - WAR,
AGGRESSION: When Tucker inaugurated his journal, his starting point was the
absolute sovereignty of the individual. He and his readers were the sternest enemies of
invasion of person and property, making war upon the State as the chief invader. Tucker
realized that criminals would remain even after governments disappeared, but his
position was that, 'of the really serious and important acts of invasion of individual
sovereignty, at least nine-tenths are committed by organized State governments or
through privileges granted by them, and that the governmental idea, with the State as its
principal embodiment is the efficient cause of almost all of our social evils.'" - Carl
Watner, in REASON, 4/79, on Benjamin R. Tucker.
AGING: A little gleam of time between two eternities; no second chance to us forever
more!" - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes... Why not aim at much more for one‘s life? Why not
take ―life-spans‖ also into our own hands? Mere amoebae managed to do that, simply by
splitting. Cloning is already experimented with. And interesting small step in the right
direction would e.g. be the growing of new teeth from implanted stem cells. Why should
our ambitions in this direction be limited? – The universe is still largely empty! - J.Z.,
AGING: A man should live forever or die trying. Women too, ..." - Spider Robinson, A
Voice Is Heard in Ramah, p. 161 of ANALOG, Nov. 75.
AGING: After the introduction of monetary and financial freedom, we might soon be so
much better off, in so many respects, that we would really want to go on living, on and
on, and could much more easily afford to sponsor research in this direction. Remember
Bastiat's saying and its implications: "Society IS exchange." There are many such indirect
approaches to life extension. Recently I managed to compile a list of them, which is still
far from complete. - J.Z., 22.1.93. – Anti-aging research, like so many other things, e.g.
libertarian enlightenment and revolution efforts, is largely a matter of proper and optimal
financing, which is not possible under monetary and financial despotism. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
AGING: Age and aging are the universal enemies of man. – J.Z., 8.11.03.
AGING: Age and death are THE recognised or unrecognised enemies of almost
everybody and yet all too little is still done to fight them systematically, rather than
merely trying to camouflage their appearance or merely alleviate their symptoms and the
suffering they cause. A good advertising, salesmanship and subscription campaign should
be able to raise vast funds for anti-aging research, from which the contributors, or their
descendants, would benefit first. - J.Z., 15.9.90, 22.1.93. - Imagine just all the monies
now wasted on individual funeral expenditures being used for this purpose instead! - J.Z.,
AGING: Age is no cause for veneration. An old crocodile is still a menace and an old
crow sings not like a nightingale." - Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. - YOUTH,
AGING: Age is the most terrible misfortune that can happen to any man; other evils will
mend, but this is every day getting worse." - G. P. R. James: Richelieu, XIV, 1829.
AGING: Aging and death seem to be what nature has planned for us. But what if we have
other plans?" - Bernard L. Strehler, a leading gerontologist.
AGING: Aging is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." -
quoted in "Murder She Wrote", Prime TV, 13.10.91. - If you and others did mind,
sufficiently, then minds would come conquer this matter, too. - J.Z., 24.9.02.
AGING: As long as one still makes plans, one does not belong to the scrap heap.‖ -
„Solange man Plaene schmieded, gehoert man nicht zum alten Eisen." - Werner Mitsch. -
My first printer, a daisy wheel one, of 1984, just reached old age decrepitude. Even the
second repair on it, which set me back $ 90, restored it only for 14 pages, mixed with 6
bad ones and a state of intermittent uselessness. Just some small screw or circuit that has
gone blank, intermittently and it might cost more to find and replace it than a new
machine would cost. - Automatic parts replacement for the human machine makes
progress - but not fast enough for me, so far. - J.Z., 23.1.93 - CREATIVITY,
AGING: Blessed is he that hath a short life." - St. Clement: First Epistle to the
Corinthians, c. 125. - Did he make his own life miserable or was it made miserable for
him? - J.Z., 22.1.93. - Damned is he that hath a short life. - J.Z., 2.11.85. – Should we be
grateful for territorial warfare States to shorten our average life-spans with their wars? -
Just when we finally get some sense in our heads, we tend to become decrepit and to die.
– Ben Best attacked this attitude as ―age-ism‖. – Curiously, the same people do often
worship a supposedly immortal being! – If they worshipped, or worked, instead, towards
their own physical immortality, they might at least achieve a worthwhile longevity. –
Instead, they build churches, palaces for bureaucrats and stacks of mass murder devices! -
AGING: Cosmic radiation harms and changes our genes. Finally we might have to try to
shield the whole Earth against it.‖ – A suggestion by Prof. Tony Brow on ABC radio,
22.1.98. – It would probably be easier and cheaper to live largely underground. Doing
that only for our sleep periods might be a beginning in this direction. – J.Z., 21.9.08. -
AGING: Die, my dear Doctor, that's the last thing I shall do!" - Lord Palmerston, 1784-
1865. – Why do it or let it happen at all, if one could prevent it, by a massive world-wide
effort by almost everyone and for almost everyone? – J.Z., 4.11.08. - JOKES
AGING: Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed." - G. B. Shaw, The Doctor's
Dilemma, pref., 1906. - Do try ... you might! - J.Z., 2.11.85. - Here, too, Shaw was one of
the all too many false prophets. He even managed to descend from anarchism to Fabian
State Socialism. Do playwrights tend to be dominated by the popular prejudices of their
potential audiences, in all their writing efforts? - J.Z., 22.1.93. Compare all the arguments
against powered and un-powered flight for human beings, until the facts could finally no
longer be ignored. – J.Z., 4.11.08. – DIS.
AGING: Don't die of ignorance" says an anti-Aids poster, ignoring that all of us die of
ignorance, on how to continue living, ignorance of life extension or even of physical
immortality options. It was also ignorant of or ignored that condoms do not give
sufficient protection, either. One prostitute, according to a report, insisted that her
customers wear 3 on top of each other! One might as well try to enjoy a spring morning
in a divers' suit. - J.Z., 22.1.93.
AGING: Don't get old if you can help it." - from film "Moscow on the Hudson", which
praises basic liberties in the U.S. and remaining private enterprise and opinion, even
under the consequences of extensive degrees of coercive and centralised planning,
direction and control in the USA. I can only wish all our foibles and mistakes were as
well and humorously attacked. - J.Z., 22.1.93. – JOKES, APPEALS
AGING: Dying is a very dull dreary affair and my advice to you is to have nothing
whatever to do with it." - W. Somerset Maugham, last words. – Instead, have enough to
everything to do with longevity and immortality research! You might serve your
descendants more - by leaving your property to such a research foundation. – J.Z.,
AGING: Even so, there is in one sense nothing to lose by freezing after death - at worst,
you will merely remain dead - and it might be thought that many a rich man, at least,
would be part of his estate on a chance at a long and fascinating future life. In fact, there
were alarmed predictions that the project would instigate countless swindles, with
hysterical millionaires showering money on freezer salesmen and with sick people
changing their wills in favour of anyone who held out any hope, however slim, of
cheating death. 'Die now, pay later' was seen as a potent lure for the suckers." - R. C. W.
Ettinger, Man Into Superman, p.207. - Pay now, die later - much later! - might be a better
slogan to attract finance. J.Z., n.d.
AGING: Every thing admonishes us how needlessly long life is."- R. W. Emerson, The
Transcendentalist, 1842. - Every thing admonishes us how needlessly short life is. - J.Z.,
n.d. - Even Emerson was still too much a child of his times and the usual conditioning. -
J.Z., 22.1.93. – DIS.
AGING: Forever young. Forever Free.‖ - Title of film from South Africa.
AGING: Gray hair is a sign of age, not wisdom." – Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of
Thought. - In other words, even many of the old people have not yet become old enough
to become wise enough. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
AGING: Growing old is like being penalized for a crime you have not committed.‖ –
Quoted by Margaret Throsby, heard on radio ABC, 21.1.98. – LONGEVITY, LIFE
AGING: He that begins to live begins to die." - Francis Quarles: Hieroglyphics of the Life
of Man, 1638. - He that begins to live may now live forever. - J.Z., 2.1.85. – If he and
enough others bother to explore and publish, between them, all the anti-aging options. –
J.Z., 4.11.08.
AGING: I am not young enough to know everything." - Sir James Barrie, 1860-1937. -
May be this will one day become: "I have not been rejuvenated often enough, as yet, to
know everything." - J.Z., 22.1.93.
AGING: I detest life-insurance agents. They always argue that I shall some day die,
which is not so." - Stephen Leacock, Literary Lapses, 1910. - Maybe, to give people a
better personal incentive to involve themselves in extending their own lives, we should
transform many if not all our life insurance contracts into betting contracts. We bet, e.g.,
that we could reach 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 etc., and if we win, we would get, perhaps ever
increasing pay-outs at reaching these ages. The Life insurance companies would bet
against us reaching the agreed upon target ages and would not owe us anything if we
failed to reach them. We should have brought up our descendants and dependants in a
way that they would no longer need our help. Naturally, the premiums would have to
differ, depending upon when we started with them and how high our ambition to live
longer would be. The tables would have to be recalculated to take all factors sufficiently
into consideration. With today's computers and the accumulated experience this should
be easy. State meddling in this sphere would be harder to get rid of. Nor would protection
against tax-robbery be easy. But the incentive to resist both and insist e.g. upon
alternative and stable currencies, would be increased. - J.Z., 22.1.93. – JOKES, LIFE
AGING: I don't know why they claim age is wisdom.... Age is just getting old." - Joan D.
Vinge, in ANALOG, 4/78. - Aging is such ancient and outdated custom that it is high
time that we finally throw it overboard! - J.Z., 22.1.93.
AGING: I gave my life to learning how to live. Now that I have organized it all ... It is
just about over." - Sandra Hochman.
AGING: I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows
old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only be deserting their ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul." - General Douglas
MacArthur, Address, at the dedication of the MacArthur Monument, Los Angeles, 26
Jan., 1955.
AGING: I tried old age - and I didn't like it!‖ - F. A. Hayek, joking on his sickness at 75
years of age. - 1981/82.
AGING: If the scientific and medical resources of the United States alone were
mobilised, aging could be conquered within a decade." - Dr. Alex Comfort, 1973. - Is he
still alive and active? Somebody told me, in 90/91 that he was, but I have not seen any
recent writings by him. If only a fraction of the extra earnings we could have e.g. via Free
Trade, Free Banking, Cooperative Production, and the Expropriation of the Bureaucracy,
in our favour, were utilised, voluntarily, to promote longevity research, even if only in the
U.S., the target could probably be reached soon. - J.Z., 22.1. 93.
AGING: If we started, suddenly, to age 20 years in 20 days, we would panic and call it
the most dangerous disease and would be ready to spend fortunes upon specialists to cure
us. Why then, don't we consider it as an even more insidious disease when we age a
whole 20 years in a mere 20 years? - J.Z., 26.7.87, 22.1.93.
AGING: It has been well said that we don't grow old, we become old by not growing." -
Edmund A. Opitz, THE FREEMAN, June 78. - While there is some truth in such
remarks, they are also part of an all too wide-spread denial of aging and death. - J.Z.,
22.1.93. – All too much combined with an acceptance of aging and death. As long as we
consider wars and diseases, aging and death as inevitable they will remain inevitable. –
J.Z., 4.11.08.
AGING: It is as natural to die as to be born." - Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732. - It is
as unnatural to die as it is natural to be born. - J.Z., 2.11.85. - Why should only an
Amoeba live forever through its natural method of cell splitting? Rain being natural,
should we use no umbrellas or raincoats or other shelters to stay out of it? Food not
naturally growing in our mouths, should we make no effort to obtain it? In all too many
ways man is his own worst enemy. Thus let individuals at least sort themselves out,
voluntarily, so that the somewhat enlightened can do their somewhat advanced things for
themselves, while the fools can happily continue to do their foolish things to themselves
only. The combined resources of the pro-life extension people have still to be organized -
and liberated from the legal restrictions of the others. - J.Z., 22.1.93. – PANARCHISM,
AGING: It is not life that is absurd, but senility or death.‖ - DEFENCE DE L'HOMME,
quoted in Meulen's THE INDIVIDUALIST, June 1967, p. 36. – Living means to go on
living, not dying. – It means resistance to death or not giving in or giving up to it. -J.Z.,
AGING: It should be the function of medicine to have people die young as late as
possible." - Ernest L. Wynder, M.D.
AGING: Just imagine all the anti-aging, longevity, life-extension, immortality and health
fans in the world becoming busy also with alphabetising and numbering their references
on their PCs, swapping their compilations of these references and combining and
integrating them. Every year of such a Private Manhattan Project Against Aging might
come to add a year or two to our lives - and thus they might already become extended
indefinitely, provided only we made good use of this extra information. Information that
remains dispersed over thousands of references and heads cannot do much good to any
individual. Seeing how many anarchists and libertarians, not to speak of the general
public, are still unaware of many anarchist and libertarian answers, even after hundreds
of years of writing, reading and publishing efforts, I would not be surprised if much or
most of the information required for significant life extension is already in existence
somewhere and needs only to be dug up, combined and applied. If not, such combined
efforts could soon produce it. If only we could make it as joyful as the sexual extension,
of half of our characteristics, can be through our descendants. ( Actually, in this way we
cannot even be certain to pass on half of us, since we do not know which batch of genetic
material, that we do carry, will become realized in our children. ) We should somehow be
able to ―hammer into the heads of people‖ (*) the awareness that life can be made much
more free and joyful and that any extension of this blissful state of affairs depends upon
us going on and going on, getting older and older, while remaining quite healthy, sensible
and fit, i.e. not aging at all. Accepting death as natural amounts to accepting the greatest
tyranny of all as natural. Cryonicists call that: deathism. - J.Z., 22.1.93. (*) A genuine
free market for ideas and talents can do that efficiently and non-violently, but has it as yet
been seriously tried? See: IDEAS ARCHIVE & SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT. – J.Z.,
AGING: Life is real! Life is earnest? And the grave is not its goal." - H. W. Longfellow,
A Psalm of Life, 1839. – Life is characterized by self-repair, self-renewal and its
extensive ability to avoid dangers. Why not extend that ability to the utmost? – Even if
individual minds could at first only survive as computerized brains in a steel robot. - J.Z.,
AGING: Life Span. It is less important to extend life in length than in depth." - Dagobert
D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought, p.69. - The two could often go together! - J.Z., n.d. –
AGING: Life, if well used, is long enough." - Seneca: De brevitate vitae, II, 49. - Life, if
well used, is never long enough." - J.Z. 2/11/85. - Perhaps his experience under despotic
emperors, his banishment and the slavery and other abuses around him, did not make him
appreciate life enough. And how far could he have proceeded under the circumstances
with self-enlightenment and the enlightenment of others? Life must have been very
frustrating to him, although he was a member of the upper class, as it is to many genuine
intellectuals even today. Under such circumstances life is often not successful and joyful
enough to wish its extension. In the end he was ordered by the emperor to commit
―suicide‖ and not even given the time to write down his last will. - J.Z., 22.1.93, 4.11.08.
– DIS.
AGING: Love your work and work on your love: "Another distinguished physician, Dr.
Hans Selye, named several famous men, who lived to a ripe old age, and added this
comment: 'Of course in their many years of intense activity, these people never "worked";
they lived a life of "leisure” by working at what they liked to do.' Here, at least in
common terminology, is what appears to be a paradox in the lives of men of achievement:
(1) 'these people never worked' and (2) 'they lived a life of leisure'. - The individuals to
whom Dr. Selye referred found occupations in harmony with their uniqueness. A labor of
love! - Hours? Long days and even nights! Years ago, FEE had a personal - not a
governmental - garbage collector. Late one afternoon, while he was emptying our
garbage into his truck, I asked, 'How are you doing, Herbie?' He replied, 'Mr. Read, I
love my work.'" - Leonard E. Read, How Do We Know? p.88.
AGING: Man always dies before he is fully born." - Erich Fromm, Man for Himself,
1947, 3. - There are no enemies in the sphere of wisdom, only some people who know
more and some people who know less. But there are enemies in the spheres of ignorance,
indifference, prejudice, folly and myths. Some are loaded with them and some only
touched by a few. Let us be free to congregate with the wise and separate our affairs from
those of the fools. - J.Z., 22.1.93. – But let us also encyclopaedically collect the best
refutations of their errors, prejudices, myths, false assumptions and false conclusions –
which so far led to territorial politics as usual. – J.Z., 4.11.08. – DIS., PANARCHISM,
AGING: Man has two and a half minutes on earth - one to laugh, one to sigh, and half a
minute to love: in the midst of this last he dies." - Jean Paul Richter, Hesperus, IV, 1792.
– Poets have often assumed too much licence for their craft, too few ideas, too few facts
and too few possibilities. – How many unexpected things have become realized in our
own life times already? -J.Z., 4.11.08.
AGING: Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into
this one." - R. W. Emerson, Circles, 1841. - What made him become a deathist, only a
year later? See: Every thing admonishes us how needlessly long life is."- R. W. Emerson,
The Transcendentalist, 1842.
AGING: Old age is an infectious chronic disease, characterised by the degeneration or
enfeebling of the noble elements and by the excessive activity of the phagocytes." - Elie
Metchnikoff: La Vieillesse, 1904.
AGING: Old age is itself a disease." - Terence, Phromio, IV, ca.160 B.C. ( ―Senectus
ipsa est morbus.‖ ) - Imagine mankind would have acted seriously upon that assumption,
since then! How long would our average life span be then, by now? - J.Z., 22.1.93.
AGING: On death and immortality: we are long past the days when Marshall Dillon
looks under the cover and says, 'He's dead, alright.' Not in the future, but right now.
(Albert) Rosenfeld said, it takes a committee to decide. Medical advances continually
change our definition of death and of who can be revived. There is no reason why such
advances, together with longevity drugs, won't eventually culminate in physical
immortality." - R. A. Wilson, Right Where You Are Sitting Now, p.41.
AGING: One of the greatest personal liberties would be a greatly extended life-span. -
J.Z., 19.2.90. - And yet life extension fans seem still relatively rare within the freedom
movement and I did not know of any ready buyer when I saw, in 1990/91, a collection of
ca. 9 shelf meters of longevity books in "Acres of Books" in Long Beach. I did ring
ALCOR and someone else in the area about it but I doubt that they took up the
opportunity. Some bookshops have started to compile such sections. My own small
collection comes only to about 1.5 m. so far. How large would a comprehensive library
on this subject be? Many geriatrics periodicals have been microfilmed. But they seem to
try only a titbit mitigation of symptoms. - J.Z., 22.1.93.
AGING: One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And Death shall be no more: Death,
thou shalt die!" - John Donne, 1572-1631. - The Christian judgments, consolations and
promises have been obstacles rather than aids in anti-aging research. - J.Z., 22.1.93. –
AGING: Only one minute of life remains, and there's work for a hundred years." Tolstoi,
Talks with Tolstoi, by A. B. Goldenveizer, p.134.
AGING: Reverse the aging clock! - J.Z. 18.12.83.
AGING: Some people want to achieve immortality through their works or descendants. I
prefer to achieve immortality by not dying." - Woody Allen. In another version: "I'm not
afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens." - Woody Allen. – Make this
joke a reality! – J.Z., 4.11.08.
AGING: The Aids epidemic can teach us at least one thing: Since there are viruses that
can weaken our immune systems, and since, according to some, these have initially been
artificially constructed and spread, it must at least be considered to be theoretically
possible to find or construct viruses that would strengthen it - ultimately perhaps even
achieving full self-repair capabilities for our bodies. Has such research taken place as
yet? What results were achieved so far, if any? - If well enough collected and organized,
such information should be easy to dig up - J.Z., 7.12.92. – How much could be achieved
if all such research were optimally financed by those who have a serious interest in this
option? The sponsors and their children and grand-children should get first claims on any
such discoveries and treatments. – How much could be raised for this e.g. merely by
making taxation voluntary? - J.Z., 4.11.08. - AIDS, IMMUNE SYSTEM
AGING: The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying." - Sir Thomas Browne, 1605-
1682. - So far not enough! - J.Z.,22.1.93.
AGING: The longest life and the shortest amount to the same. For the present is of equal
duration for all, and what we lose is not ours." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, II, c. 170.
– Is stoic acceptance of ―fate‖ good enough? Some people deceive themselves even about
life and death. - J.Z., 10.7.86. - One can now come to possess and experience only a
limited number of present moments and experiences, a limited number of ideas and
thoughts, or an indefinite one. To what kind of person would that make no difference at
all? Actually, a single moment would be altogether without a time "span" having passed
at all. In the atom of a moment, so to speak, we could not experience or think or do
anything at all. All good things take time, many thoughts and experiences and efforts -
and can we ever have too many of them? Robert Heinlein posed that question in some of
his later novels and answered in the negative. Neither a foetus nor a baby, killed all too
early, can be said to have lived a full life, comparable to one who died at 120 or managed
to live on from there, rejuvenated, indefinitely. Is there never an end to self-destructive
rationalisations and self-deceptions? - May this and other handbooks in preparation by
me, help in their destruction. - J.Z., 22.1.93, 4.11.08. – DIS.
AGING: The worst and so far incurable disease. - But have we really made an all-out try
to defeat it? - J.Z., ca. 1986 & 22.1.93. – Instead, we have made an all –out effort in
conventional total wars and in constructing ―modern & scientific‖ mass murder devices
and keeping them in readiness for use! – All life and death matters should also be taken
out of the hands of territorial governments. As usual, they made a mess of things. - J.Z.,
AGING: To contemplate human life for forty years is the same as contemplating it for ten
thousand. In ten thousand, what more will your see?" - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations,
VII. - More than you could have imagined, even with the information and talents of a
large empire at your disposal! - Microfiche publishing would have made possible the
economic reproduction of all classics together with all the corrections and amendments
accumulated by now. Thus in our reading we would not be hit again and again with the
same old errors. Adding such corrections and comments from databanks and
encyclopaedias and handbooks could by now be largely automated, too. In a limited
sphere and to a limited extent the Talmud accumulated the wisdom of one people over a
long period. Imagine accumulating the wisdom of all peoples, in a new age of
encyclopaedic enlightenment efforts. It seems somewhat absurd to merely reproduce the
old writings over and over again without comprehensive comments and corrections and
supplements. On printed paper this would tend to be prohibitively expensive in most
cases. But fiche and disks are at your disposal. And they can be automatically integrated.
- J.Z., 2.11.85.
AGING: To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals." - Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard's
Almanac, 1733.
AGING: We are made to be immortal, and yet we die. It's horrible, it can't be taken
seriously." - Eugene Ionesco. - Let's start taking physical and mental immortality serious
enough! - J.Z., 12.7.92, 22.1.93. - Even my father, a life-long health-nut and individualist
anarchist, found the thought of striving for really long lives and even immortality, e.g. via
cryonics, quite ridiculous. Pro-freedom radicals ought to strive radically for liberties in all
directions, not taking any existing conditions as natural and unchangeable forever. - J.Z.,
AGING: We live and die, but which is best you know no more than I." - Byron, Don
Juan, VII, 1823. - We have all too long put up with conditions where many people prefer
suicide to going on living. We have taken too few precautions to prevent people, who
have already enlightened themselves in some respects, from remaining fools in all too
many others - that are important for every human being. Ortega Y Gasset called it the
"barbarism of the specialists". Mankind's combined wisdom should and could be at our
fingertips, at all times and places. Any step possible in this direction, for any individual,
now, should be taken. We can't cram everything into our individual brains but, between
us, we can cram everything onto microfilm, computer memories, disks, CDs etc. - J.Z.,
22.1.93. – E.g. the equivalent of ca. 3 million books into a cheap and book-sized external
1 TB hard drive! – J.Z.,4.11.08.
AGING: Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the
same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition
to correct some faults of the first." - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography, 1798.
AGING: What keeps eyebrows un-greyed and full for much longer than the other head
hair? If research were done into this, some significant insights might be gained. – J.Z.,
9.10.98, 21.9.08.
AGING: Who deserves to be perpetuated, made immortal?" - Mark Clifton & Frank
Riley, They'd Rather Be Right, 134. - At his own expense, everybody! - J.Z., 22.6.92.
AGING: Your predator is close behind you and will infallibly be your death. I don't
doubt it.... But in terms of long range planning, I never did expect to get out of this
Universe alive."- Robert Sheckley, Dimension of Miracles, 138. - Try to get out of this
Universe alive! - J.Z., n.d. – Include that in your long-term planning: Immortality and
other universes to experience. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
AGING‖ Short supper; long life. - Serbian proverb. – Neither too much food nor too little
food and always the best kind, if possible! – J.Z., 4.11.08.
AGITATORS: Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men
who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and
lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be
a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it
must be a struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never
will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of
injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they
are resisted with either rods or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed
by the endurance of those whom they oppress.‖ - Frederick Douglass. ISIL LIBERTY
QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – All will ultimately benefit when all kinds of reformers,
revolutionaries, radicals, agitators etc. are finally freed to do their own things for or to
themselves, under full exterritorial autonomy. So let them opt out and stop worrying
about them. Experimental freedom ought to be finally introduced in the last spheres
where it is still suppressed, that of political, economic and social systems. Progress will
be much more rapid, less difficult and costly once this fundamental change is introduced.
– Only the territorialists and believers collective responsibility are to be feared and they
will also tend to vanish once exterritorial autonomy is available to all tolerant enough
AGNOSTICISM: The sheer babyhood of the human race, against the background of
incalculable time makes anything but a questing agnosticism absurdly presumptuous." -
L. E. Jones, I Forgot To Tell You. - I am not an avid collector and reader of free thought
writings. Otherwise, I might have been able to include a few hundred better quotations.
There are thousands of writers on the subject and ten-thousands of their organized fans. I
guess the ball is in their court. Their publications have so far tended to reach only the
already converted. - J.Z. 22.1.93. - The "free thinkers" I know of are usually more
concerned with attacking organized religions while conducting their own worship of
humanity and marriage, birth and funeral rites, than exploring e.g. their scientific life
extension & economic and political freedom options. - J.Z., 24.9.02.
AGORIC REVOLUTION: The key notions in Peters and Waterman's In Search of
Excellence all relate to arousing strong performances from individuals and from small
teams. Effective large companies are the ones which behave as though they were
collections of smaller organizations.‖ - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A
Blueprint for the Future, 262. - FREE ENTERPRISE, DECENTRALIZATION,
AGORIST: From the Greek Agora, 'open space'. Since the Ancient Greeks used the term
agora for the city marketplace, 'agorist' has come to mean one who believes only market
activities are morally proper." - George Dance in OPTION, 6/77. - Well, family and
friendship relationships are voluntary and moral without being market relationships in the
narrower sense. By Dancer's definition only bought sex and bought friendship would be
moral. One can get so easily led astray by uncritical generalisations. - J.Z.,23.1.93.
AGREEMENT: … agreement among us is not in our nature and, as an objective, is both
unrealistic and mischievous." - L. E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.87. - "...sameness in
what is seen and understood is out of the question. ... agreement is an utter impossibility.
If I am growing, I don't even agree with my yesterday's self." - Leonard E. Read, ibid, p.
89. –
AGREEMENT: Agreement on what not to do - not on what to do. General agreement on
how to leave each other alone. Then specific agreements on voluntary cooperation." -
Don Werkheiser, 18.12.90. - RIGHTS, COVENANTS, PANARCHISM, LEAVE
AGREEMENT: Agreements bought with threats is no agreement.‖ - Frank Herbert, God
Emperor of Dune, p.339. - THREATS, CONTRACTS, OATHS, SWEARING,
AGREEMENT: An agreement will break a custom." - Welch Proverb. -
AGREEMENT: But it is certainly true that agreement provides a solid basis for political
institutions if the agreement is genuine …‖ - Joseph F. Johnston, Jr., The Limits of
Government, Regnery Gateway, Chicago, 1984, p.178. – The voluntarism involved in
exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers is more genuine than the consent
or vote in territorial communities. – J.Z., 2.10.07. - POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS,
AGREEMENT: Freedom and tolerance and justice are necessary, agreement is not. - J.Z.,
AGREEMENT: If we must all agree, all work together, we're no better than a machine."
- Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed, p.296. - While a territorial agreement on all or
sufficient points is, indeed, impossible to achieve or to maintain, a sufficient agreement
within volunteer-groups is possible, even necessary for economic and social life and for
the political relations we want. It must be based on full autonomy and this can be
achieved, for individuals and minority groups, only on the basis of exterritorial autonomy
for volunteers. In an extreme case all members of such a "panarchy" may have changed
from one day to the other but between the new voluntary members the agreement would
be maintained - or changed – in accordance with the wishes of the remaining or new
voluntary members. The individual who changed his mind from day today, could join a
different panarchy from day to day. But I suppose for such people the entrance and
registration fee would have to be raised. - J.Z., 23.1.93, 11.4.08. - PANARCHISM,
other terms and institutions and principles of social sciences have to be rethought from
the point of view of panarchism and voluntarism and contracts. J.Z., 23.1.93.
AGREEMENT: Indeed, anarchist communities are only conceivable in a context of
agreement of most of the members of the group on the basic principles of social relations,
an agreement possible, in their opinion, thanks to the abolition of relations of
exploitation and to the spontaneous and 'natural' character of the tendency towards
mutual aid. In any case, a strong social demand for compliance with the moral standards
of the group would be probably, and these standards - basically mutual aid - would be
regarded as essentially good and, consequently, untouchable." - R. Descallar, in
Holterman, Law in Anarchism, 85.
AGREEMENT: Wayne Batteau pointed out these two factors: 1.) In total agreement, the
probability of learning is zero. 2. In total disagreement, the probability of effective
cooperation is zero.‖ – John W. Campbell in: The John W. Campbell Letters, vol. 1, 1985
Eds.: Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr., et al., AC Projects Inc., ISBN 0-931150-16-7, p.205. –
AGREEMENT: We do not have to agree on anything except on being mutually tolerant. -
AGREEMENT: When everyone agrees with you, it's time to recheck your facts." - 1977
AGRICULTURAL POLICIES: If we were directed from Washington when to sow and
when to reap, we would soon want for bread.‖ – Thomas Jefferson. - Not only artificial
shortages are created by governments but also food surpluses that cannot be sold under
monetary despotism, not even to the still starving people in some countries, and that are
expensively stored or given away. - J.Z., 26. 11. 06. - FARM POLICIES, PRICE
AGRICULTURAL POLICIES: In 1983 $21 billion was spent in agricultural subsidies -
almost equal to the net income of all American farmers." - Patrick Detches. Letter to
"THE REGISTER" (17 April 1984). – Governments seem to believe that agriculture
needs to be subsidized by more than sunlight and water and that sufficient food could not
be grown without government aid. – J.Z., 3.11.08. - FARM SUBSIDIES
AGRICULTURE, … collectivistic, statised, nationalised, sometimes under the pretence
that they would be free cooperatives, subject to price controls, quotas and production
orders based on centralised "planning": "Soviet Collective Farm - where crops are
apathy, discontent and frustrating failure." - Vicent H. Miller, OPTION, 2/77. - Look at
Western agriculture today. These ―crops‖ are almost the same. In other words, we have
gone and are going down that road to an abyss ourselves. Protectionism, Price
maintenance schemes, subsidies, board management of whole industries and monetary
despotism have had their inevitable effects. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
AGRICULTURE: ... Jane Jacobs, in her book 'The Economy of Cities', attacks the myth
of agricultural primacy and proceeds to demonstrate that, 'Agriculture is not even
tolerably productive unless it incorporates many goods and services produced in cities or
transplanted from cities. The most thoroughly rural countries exhibit the most
unproductive agriculture.' In essence, she illustrates that an efficient agricultural
industry is dependent upon a healthy industrial development and, in fact, is actually
spawned by the demand generated in urban areas. The liberal-left, which parrots such
stale Marxist bromides as, 'Your free-enterprises want to drag us back to the 19th
century', has failed to identify that the industrial revolution and the advent of capitalism
marked the end of feudalism and the periodic famines and plagues which characterised
the Dark Ages. Now, in their blind zeal to stifle and impede industry and technological
progress and return to the 'idyllic' simplicity of the Middle Age, they are rapidly eroding
the economic base of our agricultural industry and, ironically - dragging us back into the
17th century..." - Vincent H. Miller, OPTION, 2/77.
AGRICULTURE: A farmer can stand on his own feet - if the government lets him. - J.Z.,
AGRICULTURE: Agricultural subsidies and price supports are supposed to help the
farmer; what happens is that they stimulate increased production, which drives farm
prices down." - Philip B. Demattais, What Is Libertarianism? p. 6.
AGRICULTURE: Agriculture gets worse and worse as it has more and more official
assistance.‖ - Sir Ernest Benn, in Benn vs. Maxton, 154.
AGRICULTURE: Agriculture is generally self-regulating and needs no more than the
hard work of farmers. But when government tries to interfere, the result is complete
confusion. Expenses increase all around, the normal pattern of farming is overthrown,
many people go bankrupt and give up altogether." - Petition to the Sicilian Parliament,
AGRICULTURE: Agriculture would be entirely competitive if it weren't for Government
control of prices, which have hurt the consumer without benefiting the farmer.‖ - Milton
Friedman, PLAYBOY 2/73. - Direct and indirect price controls are not the only
interventions with agriculture. I hold that monetary despotism brings about conditions in
which desperate people resort to such and other desperate measures. Allow primary
producers to pay with tokens upon their produce, in standardised and typified form (
which are subject to voluntary acceptance and market rating and free to use a self-chosen
sound value standard ) and thus to appear, directly or indirectly, as buyers first, upon the
national and international markets, thus achieving, to the extent that their payment offers
are accepted, automatic sales of their produce and minerals and meat. - See Milhaud's,
Beckerath's on this, in the PEACE PLANS series. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
AGRICULTURE: For God's sake, let the Russians get to the moon first", a constituent
wrote Rep. Durward G. Hall of Missouri recently. "If we get there, we might learn how to
grow wheat there, and then we WOULD be in trouble." - Quoted by Dean Smith, in
Conservatism, 152. - JOKES
AGRICULTURE: It was not greedy agribusiness with high-tech machinery that turned
most of the once Fertile Crescent in the Near East into desert, it was peasants with
wooden plows and organic goats." - Poul Anderson, Past Times, 141. - But add to this
the effects of warfare, in which irrigation was destroyed, crops burned and orchards
chopped down, as well as farm animals and farmers and their families killed. Such wars
occurred again and again, over centuries, if not thousands of years. I suspect that
aboriginal hunting methods, in which they used fire extensively, for so long that some of
the surviving trees now need fire to have their seeds germinate, has contributed to make
much of Australia dry and infertile. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
AGRICULTURE: Socialist misuse of capital is in sharp contrast to its efficient use under
free enterprise. Russia was the leading exporter of food before the revolution, but today
cannot feed herself. In desperation, the Soviets have allotted 31% of available capital to
agriculture, in contrast to only 4% in the United States. But the Soviet farmer remains
only one-tenth as productive as the American farmer, due to lack of proper incentives." -
Harry Lee Smith, Land Use & Capital, THE FREEMAN, 9/76.
AGRICULTURE: The cultivation of legislators to raise subsidies; pillage in the name of
tillage.‖ - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon.
AGRICULTURE: The European Community Agricultural Policy: First too much is
produced, then and with our tax monies, it is destroyed again." - Erika Herbst: Alle
suchen nach Loesungen - wir haben sie, S. 1. – I think that her title very much
exaggerates what she has to offer: another and all too limited utopia and reform attempt.
– J.Z., 4.11.08.
AGRICULTURE: There is no force more likely to produce mass starvation among the
peasants of the world than the prejudice of Third World leaders against private capital
formation. On the other hand, in the United States we need have no fear whatsoever of
famine at the present time. By historical and Third World standards, hunger and poverty
have practically been eliminated. The fluid which has made this possible is private
capital. - Marion Clawson has this to say regarding our fortunate situation: 'There seems
little reason for concern about the nation's ability to feed itself. By increasing
agricultural output and by shifting to more cereals and less meat in the national diet, the
country can feed 10, or 20, or even more times its present population... The ultimate food
productive capacity is so far above the present level that there is nothing to be gained
from trying to estimate just how large it is.'" - Harry Lee Smith, Land Use and Capital,
THE FREEMAN, 9/76. - Alas, to a degree, poverty has been artificially reintroduced, via
the welfare State's policies. I saw never so many beggars as I saw in 1990/91 in the U.S.,
although I suppose that there are more e.g. in India and Haiti. – J.Z., n.d. - WELFARE
AGRICULTURE: We will only keep people from fleeing the countryside into urban
favelas, villas miseries, shantytowns and squatter villages when the productivity gap is
closed between what brute labor on the soil can accomplish and what advanced
technology makes possible today - and will make possible tomorrow." - Alvin Toffler
AIM HIGH: ... it may be that we are a very imperfect race of people, it may be that we
will never live up to any ideal principle which we may set ourselves, but unless we aim at
high principles, we can never know how well we might have done nor can we hope to
reach any reasonable standard. Let us not be afraid to aim high; if our aims are not high
our achievements certainly will not be." - Anthony Fisher, The Case for Freedom, p.7. -
Compromises, Moderation, Radicalism, Ambition, Gradualism, Middle of the Road
AIM HIGH: In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should
fail immediately, they had better aim at something high." - Thoreau, Economy, Walden,
AIM HIGH: One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low." - Thomas Fuller,
M.D., Gnomologia, 1732, 3769. - I have never seen that collection and was so often
referred to it by quotes from it, that I would like to obtain a copy. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
AIM HIGH: People are always neglecting something they can do in trying to do
something they can't do." - Edgar Watson Howe, COUNTRY TOWN SAYINGS, 1911. -
Aim high but not so high that direct practical steps in the desired direction cannot be
taken, while a direct jump to it is not possible. - J.Z., 15.11.85. - However, under
individual secessionism and exterritorial associationism, each of us could, if he wanted
to, jump or run relatively far. - Under individual secessionism and exterritorial autonomy
for volunteers, we could each proceed as fast as is possible for us in the direction we want
to go. One might aim at immortality but cannot jump to it. One can only try to take small
steps towards life-extension. And we are still far from having reached sufficient
agreement on these - J.Z., 23.1.93. – EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM,
AIM HIGH: When you reach for the Stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come
up with a handful of mud, either." - Leo Burnett. - Aim high but do not loose sight of the
first steps towards your high aim, either. Otherwise you might fall flat on your nose. -
J.Z., 23.1.93.
AIM: ... We agree on the aims with all decent people. I hold that what is resisted is not
our fight but our tactics." - Kurt Tucholsky, Politische Texte, p. 89. - Common aims are
usually defined in all too general terms, which give no clear idea on how to achieve them:
Peace on Earth, Prosperity for All, Justice, Harmony, Cooperation, Socialism,
Liberalism, Liberty, Democracy, Americanism, Equality, Fraternity, etc. The definitions
of them and of roads to them differ immensely, like in religion ―the road to God" and the
concept of ―God‖ itself. Thus the only common aim should be an agreement upon: To
each his own aim and his own method, system or organization, i.e. an agreement upon
freedom of action and experimentation for all: To each the government or free society of
his or her dreams. - No other common aim or agreement would be required. And the
prerequisites are few and simple: Voluntarism, Exterritorial Autonomy, Individual
Sovereignty, Individual Secessionism, Minority Autonomy on an exterritorial basis and
Recognition of Individual Rights for their "international" relations. – J.Z., n.d. -
AIM: Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if
aimed at an object on a level with yourself." – Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, p.167.
– What if it is just rising or setting or at night? – J.Z., 8.11.08. - PERFECTIONISM,
AIM: And the goals of the millions are as varied as their number - no two alike. This is
the way it should be, each with eyes on his or her aspirations, not on your or my
satisfactions." - Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 1/77.
AIM: Let people be as free in their aim to pursue their own liberty, in all spheres, as they
are with choosing the contents of their shopping cart in a well stocked and competitive
super-market. The contents are almost always very different. If they are e.g. vegetarians
or raw food addicts, let them make their kind of different choices for themselves,
individually or via their food cooperatives. No monopoly, no forced consumption, no
compulsory payment of the bills of others, no enforced equality. Consumer sovereignty
for all in all spheres, combined with competitive free enterprise and associationism in all
AIM: Pick and choose your own aims and try to reach them with your own energy, time
and means, together with like-minded volunteers. No one has the right to hinder you in
that - as long as you leave others alone to peacefully pursue their own aims and
happiness. We need neither sky pilots nor secular pilots to lay down our aims and the law
for us. - J.Z., 23.1.93. – PANARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, SELF-HELP,
AIM: There are no national purposes but only those of individuals and like-minded
groups of volunteers. - J.Z., 5.8.92, 23.1.93. - NATIONAL AIMS AND PURPOSES
AIR RAIDS, BENEVOLENT ONES: American retaliation (*) was swift and efficient.
The President of the United States ordered a vast and hastily assembled task force to
steam at top speed for China. It consisted of ten aircraft carriers, twenty nuclear-
powered submarines, and thirty supertankers. (**) Even before the task force arrived,
one thousand American bombers completed five successful missions over the mainland of
China with only one casualty, a plane brought down in the sea shortly after take-off by an
unusually belligerent albatross. - - The bombers made their first run over Peking. They
dropped five thousand tons of oral contraceptives, five million fresh frozen ready-to-cook
chickens, ten million packets of chewing gum, two thousand tons of sugar, one thousand
tons of freeze-dried coffee, one hundred tons of cream, fifty tons of cosmetics and five
tons of marijuana. - - Later the task force delivered a further twenty thousand tons of
contraceptives, two million tons of canned food, five thousand tractors and ploughs, ten
million tons of solid and liquid fertilizers, one hundred million frozen turkeys, two
thousand million hamburgers, ten completely portable maternity hospitals and two
hundred volunteer Chinese-speaking American psychiatrists. - - The Chairman of the
Chinese Communist Party resigned and offered to help rebuild a Tibetan monastery. The
President of the United States was made an honorary Qualified Chinese Cook (Second
Class) and had his face on the cover of Time for the third time in three months.‖ - From a
humorous SF book, on the spread of a love-bug, infecting everyone, making them
promiscuous, then gluttonous, then tranquil and then loving. Sorry, but I failed to jot
down the author & title. - Compare: ―The best way to defeat an enemy is to make a friend
out of him.‖ – Naturally, even unilateral free trade could achieve much the same,
especially if it includes monetary and clearing freedom. – J.Z., 17.9.07.- Sometimes,
humor can be thoughtful and may repeat some of the best historical actions.- - (*) ( to a
public confessions of the sins of the communist regime, by its leaders – J.Z. ) (**) Red
Chinese observers should have been invited to participate and should have been supplied
with short-wave senders, to prevent any misunderstandings of this action. Quite rightful,
i.e., panarchistic war and peace aims should also be believably declared at the same time
and already practised in the USA, among Americans and for all kinds of Chinese
governments and societies in exile, all only for exterritorially autonomous communities
of volunteers. – J.Z., 17.9.07.
AIR RAIDS: Bigger bombs and smaller results.‖ - Larry Beinhart, American Hero,
p.179. – More bombs and still less rightful and positive results – Naturally, that also
applies to the suicide bombers & other terrorists. – J.Z., 12.9.07. - BOMBING,
AIR RAIDS: Eighteen of the Royal Air Force‟s Whitley bombers took to the air intending
to do harm to places within Germany. It was the second night of Churchill‟s prime-
ministership. “Bomber Command went to war on 11 May 1941. It had only been fooling
with war until then,” wrote James Spaight, an air-power theorist, several years later.
“We began to bomb objectives on the German mainland before the Germans began to
bomb objectives on the British mainland.‖ … - - Nicholson Baker, Human Smoke, the
Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, Simon & Schuster, 2008, p.178. –
The targets hit, if any at all, were rather concentrations of civilians than any military
AIR RAIDS: Few bombings make any sense. The larger and the more indiscriminate they
are, the less sense they make. - J.Z., 16.7.01. - BOMBING, NUCLEAR WEAPONS
AIR RAIDS: From the mines of the Briey district comes ninety per cent of France‟s iron
ore. In 1914 those mines were captured by the Germans, who worked them for the iron
they needed. They worked them hard. They have admitted since that without the iron they
mined at Briey they would have been finished in 1917. Yes, they worked Briey. I, who was
at Verdun, can tell you that. Night after night we watched the glare in the sky from the
blast furnaces of Briey a few kilometers away; the blast furnaces that were feeding the
German guns. Our artillery and our bombing aeroplanes could have blown those
furnaces to pieces in a week. But our artillery remained silent; an airman who dropped
one bomb on the Briey area was court-martialled. Why? His voice rose. „I will tell you
why, Monsier. Because there were orders that Briey was not to be touched. Whose
orders? Nobody knew. The orders came from someone at the top. The Ministry of War
said it was the generals. The generals said that it was the Ministry of War. ( Probably,
both were bribed. – J.Z.) We did not find out the facts until after the war. The orders had
been issued by Monsier de Wendel of the Comité des Forges who owned the Briey mines
and blast furnaces. We were fighting for our lives, but our lives were less important than
that the property of Monsier de Wendel should be preserved to make fat profits. No, it is
not good for those who fight to know too much. Speeches, yes! The truth, no!” - Eric
Ambler: Journey into Fear, p. 199, in: Eric Ambler, complete and unabridged, 6 novels,
p. 209. – Ulrich von Beckerath summed this up with: Chocolate bombs and medicines for
the civilians but bombs on the furnaces and ball-bearing industries! So that technological
warfare becomes shortened. – J.Z., 9.9.07. – BOMBING OF FURNACES RATHER
AIR RAIDS: Germany issues a warning to Britain about some bombs that had fallen on a
railroad line at the Heiligenhafen station in Schleswig – Holstein, far from any war zone.
It was April 12, 1940. The British Air Ministry denied the raid. On the night of April 22m
the British (*) bombed occupied Oslo, something the Germans had not done, for two and
a half hours. The British hit, the Germans said, a civilian area. (**) - - Then, on April 25,
the German high command issued its third ―final‖ warning. This time it was over an
attack on the town of Heide, in northern Germany, ―The enemy has opened aerial warfare
against undefended places‖, the German high command said. Although the Luftwaffe
remained under orders to avoid attacks on civilians, Germany would, if the British (*)
persisted in this pattern of attack, retaliate. ―Bombs will be repaid with bombs if the
British continue bombing nonmilitary targets‖, the warning said. The next response
would be a ―sad awakening‖ for England.‖ – Nicholson Baker, Human Smoke, the
Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, Simon & Schuster, 2008, p.172. - -
Ibid, p. 173: ―The British Air Ministry issued a denial: “No attack was made on the town
of Heide.” Which didn‟t mean the British bombs hadn‟t fallen on Heide. It was difficult,
using dead reckoning and peering down at moonlit rivers and coastlines, for English
fliers to know where they were going. They dropped their bombs in the dark, hoping they
were where they thought they were. Later in the war, when the British had radio-beam
navigation systems, called “Gee” and “Oboe”, it would be easier. But for now, getting
lost was not uncommon. “Normally it was not difficult to find the target area but almost
impossible to be anywhere near a specific target”, one flier recalled of that early period,
“so we just dropped the bombs at an estimated position and hoped for the best. I very
much doubt if we ever hit a specific target.‖ - - (*) The British people had no say on this
subject, either! – (**) Thus holding the victims of the occupation responsible for it! –
Apparently, the RAF should not have used bombers and bombs, as long as its pilot‘s
navigation or the aiming mechanisms were as flawed! - J.Z., 14.9.08. AIR RAIDS,
AIR RAIDS: H. G. Wells wrote a letter to Winston Churchill, enclosing a book and
suggesting that England firebomb crops and forests in Germany. It was June 20, 1941.
Churchill thanked him by telegram.‖ - Nicholson Baker, Human Smoke, the Beginnings
of World War II, the End of Civilization, Simon & Schuster, 2008, p.344. – When even
intellectuals are as crooked in their thinking and morals then what can one expect of
leading politicians? – Scorched earth ―policies‘ had long been condemned and also
outlawed by international law. - J.Z., 13.9.08. - INDISCRIMINATE BOMBING
AIR RAIDS: Lord Boom Trenchard asked himself what should happen next. For a year
the RAF had been unloading everything it had on cities from Schwerte to Kiel to
Mannheim to Berlin, and it hadn‟t worked – no collapse of civilian morale, no
revolutionary unrest, no industrial taproot cut. Trenchard‟s beloved RAF had lost many
good airplanes and good men, … Trenchard‟s answer was: more. More bombing.
Relentless nightly bombing, heavier bombers, more bombers. Not distractions. The
English could take it, he wrote in a long memo. “History has proved that we have always
been able to stand our Casualties better than other Nations”, he wrote. And the Germans
couldn‟t take it. “The German nation is peculiarly susceptible to air bombing.” (*) Yes, it
was true that “the percentage of bombs which hit the military Target at which they are
aimed is not more than one per cent.” That was only a problem if the military target was
out in the middle of nowhere, like a battleship or an oil field. Ignore those targets. …
Ignore tactical operations in the Mediterranean. Drop more tonnage smack in the midst
of Germany, where people live and where no bombs will go to waste: “The 99 per cent
which miss the military target all help to kill, damage, frighten or interfere with Germans
in Germany and the whole 100 per cent of the bomber organization is doing useful work,
and not merely 1 per cent. of it.” (*) Any town with more than five thousand inhabitants
and some sort of military objective – which could not, of course, be hit 99 percent of the
time –was fair game. “Not a single day or night should pass without a visit from out
machines,” Trenchard wrote. The object was to break them – to make the “civil
population of Germany realize what war means.” – Portal, head of the Royal Air Force,
concurred‖. – Nicholson Baker, Human Smoke, the Beginnings of World War II, the End
of Civilization, Simon & Schuster, 2008, p.326/27. – Those, who had no say on war and
peace but were enslaved as conscripts, forced laborers and taxpayers for it, were to be
victimized further, as if they were the main culprits. – No more than one in ten Germans
was a member of the Nazi-Party and many joined not out of conviction but out of
economic necessity. The staff of whole offices were signed up by their employers without
being asked and did not dare to protest afterwards. – The civilians, except those in top
government positions, are not in control of wars! – Not even in democracies, far less in
under totalitarian governments. – The output of the German arms industry was only
reduced by 12% through all the air raids! But what would have happened to technological
warfare of the Nazi regime if only its few furnaces and is few ball bearing industries had
been attacked, by bombs, sabotage acts or commando raids? – That was a question of
Ulrich von Beckerath, who held that 3 months after the destruction of these plants the war
would have ground to a stop. But they were attacked only late in the war, after they were
well covered and defended. – The military leaders, too, don‘t know their business! - (*)
Evidence? - J.Z., 14.9.08. - , INDISCRIMINATE BOMBING
AIR RAIDS: Lord Cherwell‟s personal secretary looked at 650 reconnaissance
photographs of places the Royal Air Force had bombed earlier that summer. The
secretary‟s conclusions were that, on average, one in five airplanes that took off from
England to bomb Germany or the coast of France successfully placed its bombs
somewhere within seventy-five square miles of its assigned target. When there was no
moon or heavy flak, the miss rate was even higher. – The secretary‟s name was David
Benusson-Butt, and his report, dated August 18, 1941, achieved fame as the Butt Report.
It caused soul-searching at the Air Ministry. Churchill began to doubt that bombing
alone would win the war. But the bombing continued. Churchill‟s slogan was “Keep
buggering on.” - Nicholson Baker, Human Smoke, the Beginnings of World War II, the
End of Civilization, Simon & Schuster, 2008, p. 381. – DECISION-MAKING
AIR RAIDS: Most Germans, alas, did not care much about other countries and cities
being bombed by their governments. Nor did they have any say in this matter. But when
it came to their own country and cities being bombed then, all too often, they sided rather
with the Nazis as their ―defenders‖. Goering had tried to assure them by saying: If the
first enemy bomber appears over Berlin you may call me ―Meyer‖. Not long after the
bombers came, by the dozens and even hundreds, but nobody dared to call Goering
―Meyer‖ openly. Speaking up against the war meant risking one‘s life. – German youths
were more interested in the technological challenges and opportunities of fighter planes
and bombers than in their use and abuse. Shooting down bombers used against civilians
appeared quite justified to them quite rightly so. Germans were all the product of state
education and indoctrinated in favor of territorial nationalism and statism. I.e. they were
and are, in most important respects, not mentally grown up and self-responsible. But
then: Was and is public opinion in most other countries much superior? – Aren‘t even
ABC mass murder devices today tolerated all too much in the hands of territorial
―democratic‖ governments? – J.Z., 11.10.05, 30.10.07.
AIR RAIDS: Roosevelt sent out a two-paragraph letter to the governments of Germany,
Poland, Italy, France, and England. It was September 1, 1939: “The ruthless bombing
from the air of civilians in unfortified centers of population during the course of
hostilities which have raged in various quarters of the earth during the past few years,
which has resulted in the maiming and in the death of thousands of defenseless men,
women, and children, has sickened the hearts of every civilized man and woman, and has
profoundly shocked the conscience of humanity. … If resort is had to this form of
inhuman barbarism during the period of the tragic conflagration with which the world is
now confronted, hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings who have no
responsibility for, and who are not even remotely participating in the hostilities which
have now broken out, will lose their lives. I am therefore addressing this urgent appeal to
every government which may be engaged in hostilities publicly to affirm its determination
that its armed force shall in no event, and under no circumstances, undertake the
bombardment from the air of civilian populations of unfortified cities, upon the
understanding that these same rules of warfare will be scrupulously observed by all of
their opponents.”(*) – Roosevelt requested an immediate reply.‖ - Nicholson Baker,
Human Smoke, the Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, Simon &
Schuster, 2008, p.134. – ―England and France released their response to Roosevelt‟s
bombardment appeal. It was September 2, 1939. They promised to “conduct hostilities
with a firm desire to spare the civilian population and to preserve in every way possible
those monuments of human achievement which are treasured in all civilized countries,”
the joint statement said. – There was a catch, though. If Germany (**) bombed civilians
or destroyed cultural treasures, the deal was off. England and France would then “take
all such action as they may consider appropriate.‖ (*) - - Hitler wrote Roosevelt: “I
agree to your proposals – on condition, of course, that the enemy observes the same
rules. (*) – Ibid, p. 137. - Perhaps this was the most decent thing R. every did.– (*) As if
two wrongs would make them right! – (**) Germany was not free to act! It was under a
totalitarian dictatorship! - J.Z., 14.9.08. – WARFARE ON ―THE PRINCIPLE‖ OF
AIR RAIDS: The bombing offensive,” historian Shlomo Aaronson wrote years later, “fed
Hitler‟s wrath, indirect connection with this concept of the “Jew‟s war” against him, and
helped united his nation behind him and justify further Nazi atrocities against the
remaining Jews.‖ - Nicholson Baker, Human Smoke, the Beginnings of World War II, the
End of Civilization, Simon & Schuster, 2008, p.391. – HOLOCAUST, JEWS ONCE
AIR RAIDS: The Germans (*) sent the Dutch an ultimatum. Unless all resistance ended,
Rotterdam would be visited with “complete destruction”. It was May 14, 1940. - - The
Dutch delayed, asking for the rank and signature of the officer who sent the ultimatum.
One of the German Generals, General Schmidt, believing that a capitulation was
imminent, radioed the high command to call off the air attack. Others above him –
probably Goering and probably Hitler himself – authorized it anyway. - - At 1:30 in the
afternoon, the Luftwaffe flew in with more than fifty Heinkel bombers. Failing to notice,
or ignoring, the red “do not bomb” flares that General Schmidt sent up, they burned and
blasted the centre of the city. Oil from a margarine factory fed fierce fires Nine hundred
died.‖ - Nicholson Baker, Human Smoke, the Beginnings of World War II, the End of
Civilization, Simon & Schuster, 2008, p.180. - - I do suspect that the Hitler regime really
wanted the Allies to attack the German civilian population in order to get its backing,
under the pretence that they were really fighting for their homes. There was no
enthusiasm for this war among civilians and soldiers. As a popular demagogic speaker,
mass psychology was his thing. - Even a democratic leader like Roosevelt made sure, as
far as he could, for the first Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to take place and to become
a success, for this event got public opinion on his side for entering the war. - - I witnessed
myself, as a child in a Berlin air raid shelter, how these air raids motivated soldiers, who
were on leave, to fight on. - 15 year old boys manned the anti-bomber flak guns. They
believed to defend their homes. - - (*) Rather, the totalitarian Hitler regime did. Even in
democracies the people have no say on such matters. The Germans were under total
censorship. Ca. 300 000 of the first inmates of Nazi concentration camps, all political
opponents, were so brutally treated there that most of the survivors were cowed into
silence and obedience for the rest of the regime. Most people can take only so much of
such treatment. Terror ruled. – J.Z., 14.9.08. - INDISCRIMINATE BOMBING
AIR RAIDS: You always write it's bombing, bombing, bombing. It's not bombing, it's air
support.‖ - Air Force Colonel David Opfer, complaining to reporters about their coverage
of the Vietnam War. – As if ―air‖ needed support. – Does one find many friends and
allies in areas that have been napalm bombed? – J.Z., 4.1.08. - INDISCRIMINATE,
AIR RAIDS: You don't make war but enemies when you bomb women and children. -
J.Z., 1965. - One cannot win the hearts and minds of a people by air raids against them. -
J.Z., 1.4.87. - "One does not expect to find friends in a village hit by napalm bombs." -
Dennis Warner (?), n.d. - I was a victim of air raids myself. For some criticism and
alternatives see my article in PEACE PLANS No. 8. - J.Z., 23.1.93. ( One of the few of
1779 issues already digitized by me. – J.Z., 4.11.08. )
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL: In Switzerland, air traffic control is handled by Radio
Suisse, an independent nonprofit corporation, and financed by user fees.‖ - Richard
Cornuelle, Healing America, G.P. Putnam‘s Sons, New York, 1983, p. 191. – He brings
many other examples. Get yourself – and read this book!!! – J.Z., 12.9.08.
AIRLINES: "... the airline industry, like the railroads, is a cartel, pure and simple: free
entry is taboo; prices are fixed. Had the airline or railroad owners effected this rigged
arrangement themselves, they would be prosecuted as criminals by the Antitrust Division
of the Justice Department. But they are absolved of any guilt because, in these two
instances, the cartels are of governmental construction." – Leonard E. Read, The Coming
Aristocracy, p.38. - Since he wrote this, much has been changed in these industries but
the interventionists and regulators and nationalizers are still at it. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
AIRLINES: No pilot and aircraft licensing. ( Insurers will have their own requirements. )
No outlawry of gyrocopters. - No national or privileged air lines. No subsidies. No
government-provided and run airports. No eminent domain and government planning to
establish airports. No route or price regulation for airlines. A pilot or airline executive
could probably list a few dozen unwarranted further restrictions. Airlines may be even
more regulated than broadcasting is and the economy in general. - J.Z., n.d., 23.1.93.
AIRLINES: Private, unregulated and unsubsidised airlines: This could really bring air
travel costs down to their market level and at the same time prevent the subsidisation of
those who can afford air travel by those who usually can't, like bus, train and car
travellers, who now are usually forced to subsidise e.g. air ports. - J.Z., n.d. - By now,
through still imperfect competition, some air trips have already become cheaper than e.g.
single person car trips. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
ALCOHOL: "Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. (Nihil aliud est ebrietatem
quam voluntariam insaniam.) - Seneca, Epistulae ad Lucilium, Epis. Lxxxiii, 20.
ALCOHOL: "First you take a drink. Then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes
you." - F. Scott Fitzgerald. Quoted Jules Feiffer, Ackroyd.
ALCOHOL: … alcohol consumption which warmed the body, numbed the mind, and
destroyed the spirit.‖ – Eric V. Lustbader, Angel Eyes, Ballantine Books, 1991, p.70.
ALCOHOL: A man may not be responsible for his last drink, but he certainly was for the
first." - Billy Graham. ( I never thought that I would be quoting him! - J.Z., 23.1.93.)
ALCOHOL: A morning Sun, and a Wine-bred child, and a Latin-bred woman seldom end
well." - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum. - My godfather was the son of a drunkard
and born with a very small head. But that gave him only an additional incentive to excel.
He became, e.g., an athlete, and opted out early of the Nazi armies in the Balkans,
returning on foot to Berlin, to help his Jewish girlfriend and later wife to survive in the
underground. After the war he became a director of a large concern. In other words, he
was one of the lucky ones, who were not too handicapped by such a father. How many of
the deadheads of today, in and out of office, are due to that cause? - J.Z. 23.1.93.
ALCOHOL: A torchlight procession marching down your throat." - John O'Sullivan,
ALCOHOL: Alcohol attacks brain cells, even kills them in large numbers, while juice
nourishes them. – If the number of brain cells were not so enormous, drinkers would soon
eliminate themselves. – However, very moderate alcohol consumption seems to have
some beneficial effects, either through some rare other substances e.g. in wine or merely
through the disinfecting effects of alcohol. - J.Z., 23.5.95, 21.9.08.
ALCOHOL: Alcohol consumption is an encouragement to write yourself off.‖ – Heard on
ABC FM radio, 30.7.04, 7.40 am.
ALCOHOL: Alcohol dulls the mind game and produces emotional stupor." - Timothy
Leary, The Politics of Ecstasy, 36. – Is LSD really less harmful? – I doubt that it really
stimulates creativity, apart from the creation of colorful poster under its influences. - J.Z.,
ALCOHOL: Alcohol is the opium of the people." - Samuel R. Delany, quoted in NEW
LIBERTARIAN, 5/6, 1978, 1980, page 15.
ALCOHOL: Alcohol is the worst opiate of the people. J.Z., 6.7.82. - Tobacco is probably
the second. But at least the second does not make people aggressive or dulls their minds
immediately and too much. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
ALCOHOL: Alcohol isn't really conducive to superior judgement.‖ - LeFevre, Lift Her
Up, Tenderly, p.147.
ALCOHOL: Alcoholism: Society's legitimatised drug addiction." – Dagobert D. Runes, A
Dictionary of Thought.
ALCOHOL: Ale, man, ale's the thing to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think." -
Mayford Peirce, Unlimited Warfare, ANALOG, Nov. 74, p. 154. - Also ascribed to A. E.
Houseman, 1859 - 1936.
ALCOHOL: All too often and extensively we think everything is harmless that does not
immediately make us sick or kill us or that gives us some temporary pleasure or
distraction or promises some other benefit. We are still more animals than rational
animals. How many have so far embraced all rightful and sensible freedom and peace
ideas wholeheartedly? - J.Z., 15.6.01, 2.2.02. - DRUGS, TOBACCO, ADDICTIONS,
ALCOHOL: At the first cup man drinks wine; at the second cup wine drinks wine; at the
third cup wine drinks man." - Unknown. A Japanese proverb. - "What they say in Japan:
'First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes the man!' - E. R. Sill, An Adage from the
ALCOHOL: But unfortunately alcohol not only maketh glad the heart of man; it also, in
excessive doses, causes illness and addiction, and has been a main source, for the last
eight or ten-thousand years, of crime, domestic unhappiness, moral degradation and
avoidable accidents." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited, p.350.
ALCOHOL: Dignity - one thing that cannot be preserved in alcohol." - Graeme and
Sarah Lorimer.
ALCOHOL: Drink drains the brain." - Quoted by Mr. L. C. Yelds of Coveney St., North
ALCOHOL: Drink has drained more blood, hung more crepe, sold more houses, plunged
more people into bankruptcy, armed more villains, slain more children, snapped more
wedding rings, defiled more innocence, blinded more eyes, twisted more limbs, dethroned
more reason, wrecked more manhood, dishonoured more womanhood, broken more
hearts, blasted more lives, driven more to suicide, and dug more graves than any other
poisoned scourge that ever swept its death-dealing waves around the world." -
Evangeline Booth, Good Housekeeping.
ALCOHOL: Drink is the curse of the working class." - From film: The Pad and How to
Use It, with Brian Bedford. - Ibid: "Work is the curse of the drinking classes." – Where
work is really a vocation one would rarely drink, unless one imagines e.g. that drinking
would stimulate the imagination, as Friedrich Schiller thought. Goethe replied to this
assertion, that he would be able to point out to him all the verses written under the
influence – because they would be under the high standard of his verses when written
while he was sober! I do not know how Schiller responded to that. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALCOHOL: Drinking. What certainly won't solve your problem, but it'll give you some
interesting new ones." - Tony Pettito. – Drunk or drugged driving is not only
―interesting‖ but often deadly. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALCOHOL: Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness." - Seneca, 5-65.
ALCOHOL: Drunkenness is temporary suicide; the happiness that it brings is merely
negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness." - Bertrand Russell, b. 1872, The
Conquest of Happiness.
ALCOHOL: Drunkenness is the ruin of reason. It is premature old age. It is temporary
death." - St. Basil, Homilies.
ALCOHOL: Drunkenness, that worst of evils, makes some men fools, some beasts, some
devils." - Poor Richard, 1751.
ALCOHOL: For when the wine is in, the wit is out." - Thomas Becon, Catechism, 375.
(1558) – Compare the English proverb: ―When ale is in, wit is out.‖
ALCOHOL: God! That men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their
brains." - Cassio, in Othello, William Shakespeare, 1564-1616.
ALCOHOL: He that spills the rum, loses that only; he that drinks it, often loses both, that
and himself." - Poor Richard, 1750.
ALCOHOL: Human culture is merely a thin film of lacquer that is easily dissolved in
alcohol." - Source unknown
ALCOHOL: I believe that if one has been blessed with a mind of unusual sharpness it is
a heinous crime to use devices that merely fuddle it.‖ – Simon Rack, Starcross, Laurence
James, Sphere books, 1974, 62. - OTHER DRUGS
ALCOHOL: I see that you found your compulsive "mode of self-destruction". - J.Z.,
1/12/78, quoting Robert Silverberg.
ALCOHOL: I would appeal to Phillip, but to Philip sober." ( Provocarem ad Philippum,
sed sobrium. ) - Valerius Maximus, Bk.VI, ch. 2. - Valerium gives this as the appeal of
an old woman, against whom Philip of Macedon, sitting in judgment after dinner, had
pronounced an unjust sentence. "I appeal!" she cried. "To whom?" asked Philip. "To
Philip when sober," the woman replied. Philip allowed the appeal and when he recovered
his senses, reversed the judgement. The incident has passed into a proverb, "To appeal
from Philp drunk to Philip sober." - The incident indicates that Philip was not yet too
drunk to be able to accept the appeal. Otherwise, he might have had her killed on the
spot. His son, Alexander the Great, killed even one of his best friends in a drunken rage. -
J.Z., 23.1.93.
ALCOHOL: If a man has drunk one quart of wine, a quarter of his intelligence is gone. If
he has drunk three quarts, then three quarters of his intelligence is gone, and his mind is
so confused that he begins to say unseemly things. But if he drinks a fourth quart, then all
his intelligence goes, his mind becomes addled, and he can no longer talk, for his tongue
has become paralysed."- Vayikrah Rabbah, I:4,8, in The Wisdom of Israel, ed. by Lewis
Browne. - - For each person a certain quantity of alcohol, consumed within a certain
time, even when mixed with food, becomes outright deadly. At least some permanent
damages remain and accumulate even upon moderate consumption. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
ALCOHOL: If only one could make people imbibe wisdom like spirits. - There would
not be a hangover, either. - J.Z., 29.12.75. - Creative thinking and the gaining of a new
and important understanding can actually produce a significant "high", mentally and
physically, coming at best to ecstasy. But opportunities for this seem so far rare and far
in between. - G. C. Lichtenberg once wrote that for a book that would contain a new and
interesting idea on ever page, he would be prepared to crawl on his knees, from
Goettingen to Hamburg. Most libertarians live e.g. isolated from each other or are
committed to only a few and still flawed doctrines, endlessly repeated and mutually
confirmed rather than fully thought through, criticised and further developed. The ideal
reference works for self-education and the education of others are still amiss. There are
too few opportunities for rap-sessions and brain-storming among like-minded people. (
That at least has been changed through numerous web-site discussion groups. - J.Z.,
24.9.02. ) Sign debates or ―electronic argument mapping‖ like it is proposed online by
Paul Monk et al, would offer some such opportunities, computer conferencing and
networking via electronic bulletin boards and discussion groups, would offer others.
Fiched networking was never sufficiently developed, too. In other words, there are or
ought to be many attractive alternatives to alcoholic drinks, perhaps even more than exist
now in soft drinks, and many ways to achieve mental and physical highs without
chemicals. Perhaps coffee and tea excepted. Then at least excess alcohol consumption
would tend to go down. - J.Z., 23.1.93. - PROPAGANDA, REDENSARTEN (RED.)
ALCOHOL: If you really think before you drink, you don't drink! - J.Z., 9.12.87.
ALCOHOL: Intoxication is not the wines fault, but the man's." - Chinese Proverb. - In
1990 I tried 2 tablespoons of light wine, just for the taste. They gave me an upset
stomach. Maybe it was a chemical, maybe just a psychosomatic reaction. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
ALCOHOL: It has passed into a proverb that wisdom is clouded by wine." ( In
proverbium cessit, sapientiam viono obumbrari. ) - Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia,
Bk. xxiii, ch. 1, sec. 23.
ALCOHOL: It would be better that England should be free than that England should be
compulsorily sober." - W. C. Magee, 1821-1891. - PROHIBITION
ALCOHOL: Liquid madness sold at tenpence the quartern." - Thomas Carlyle, Chartism,
ch. 4.
ALCOHOL: Maybe alcohol picks you up a little bit, but it sure lets you down in a hurry."
- Betty Ford, wife of President Ford, on admitting to being an alcoholic.
ALCOHOL: Much drinking, little thinking." – Jonathan Swift, Letter to Stella, 26 Feb.,
ALCOHOL: My friend Ulrich von Beckerath called the Dark Ages an age of almost
perpetual drunkenness of almost everyone. - Even in our times, in France, small children
are still given wine to drink, as far as I know. And during my walks through some U.S.
slum areas, I was impressed by the number and proximity of grog shops and prayer
houses in such areas. Cause or consequence? The image of a drunk, so drunk that he
could no longer stand but merely rolled around, on the footpath and on the road, so
horrified me that it will never leave my mind. This one managed to roll himself out of the
paths of cars, while I was watching. Maybe a driver finally stopped and hauled him back
to the footpath. I don't remember. I was young and watched in shock and disgust. - J.Z.,
ALCOHOL: No beer and your mind will clear." - Mrs. Julia Geddes, 10.2.91. - But it
well never quite recover the clearness that could have been yours without it. - J.Z.,
ALCOHOL: One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for
thoughts." - Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784. - One could say the same of territorial politics.
- J.Z., 23.1.93.
ALCOHOL: One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good
time." - Nancy Astor.
ALCOHOL: Our fault lies not in our stars but in our bars." - Poul Anderson, quoted by
Jim Baen, NEW DESTINIES, Sum. 88, p.37.
ALCOHOL: People are already irrational enough when they are sober. - J.Z., 27.12.75.
ALCOHOL: Rational avoidance rather than prohibition! - J.Z.,23.1.93.
ALCOHOL: The peculiar charm of alcohol lies in the sense of careless well-being and
bodily and mental comfort which it creates. It unburdens the individual of his cares and
his fears... Under such conditions it is easy to laugh or to weep, to love or to hate, not
wisely but too well." - Dr. Haven Emerson, Alcohol and Man. - Too well or well enough
or too much? - J.Z., 23.1.93. - DRUGS.
ALCOHOL: The penalty is doubled if the offender is drunk." - Pittacus, Politics, ii, fin.
One of his laws. ( Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, ii, 5.) - We are still so uncivilised that
when a man puts himself into a drunken state and afterwards he commits a crime, his
drunkenness is considered by us as a mitigating circumstance, rather than an additional
offence. The same could be said for gun use in crimes. Double the penalty for the crime,
rather than try to disarm peaceful citizens, while, in practice, leaving guns in the hands of
crims. What about a drunken criminal using a gun? Quadruple the penalty? That seems
logically to follow from the above. However, like an almost certain death penalty, when
caught, it might induce the offenders to rather kill their victims rather than leave them
alive to become witnesses against them. To each his own state, court and penal system! -
J.Z., 23.1.93.
ALCOHOL: The visions and hallucinations of advanced stages of alcoholism may be
racial memories of the primitive brain when the later developed brain segments have
finally been largely killed off by excess alcohol consumption. – J.Z., 1.5.94. –
Admittedly, this is a mere hypothesis that I cannot prove and that may be quite wrong. –
J.Z., 20.9.08.
ALCOHOL: Then trust me there's nothing like drinking - So pleasant on this side the
grave; - It keeps the unhappy from thinking, - And makes even the valiant more brave." -
Charles Dibdin, Nothing like Grog. - More brave or more foolish and careless and slow in
his thoughts and reactions, like a drunken driver? - Alcohol is probably involved in most
serious road accidents and road accidents have killed more people than wars have in
recent decades, among many of the "civilised" nations. - J.Z., 23.1.93. – Alcohol
consumed to excess can even turn peaceful people into fighting cocks. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALCOHOL: Those who drink beer will think beer." - Washington Irving. – As if harder
drinks would lead to clearer thoughts! – At least with beer it takes a while to get drunk. -
J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALCOHOL: What percentage of our children has been conceived while one or both
partners were drunk or drugged, and are thus not the result of natural selection and
attraction? - J.Z.,3/7/87.
ALCOHOL: When ale is in, wit is out." - John Heywood, Proverbs, 1546.
ALCOHOL: When the wine's in, murder will out." - Babylonian Talmud, Erubin, fo. 65b.
- While this is largely true, there are instances to the contrary. I heard that during WW I,
in the Black Forest front area, a winery behind the German frontlines was intentionally
not shelled by French artillery, because it kept the German troops there so drunk that they
were no serious threat to the inferior numbers of French troops that opposed them. On the
other hand, how many women were raped and even mutilated and murdered afterwards,
by drunken soldiers? - J.Z., 23.1.93. – Orthodox Jews usually drink only moderately.
Drink & other drugs have turned many soldiers into still more indiscriminate killers. And
prevent them from thinking about peaceful alternatives to mutual slaughter attempts. –
J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALCOHOL: When wine comes in, knowledge goes out..." - From: The Wisdom of Israel,
ed. by Lewis Browne.
ALCOHOL: Who, after his wine, prates of war's hardships or of poverty? ( Quis post
vina gravem militiam aut pauperiem crepat? ) - Horace, Odes, Bk. i, ode 18,1.5. – All too
often it prevents serious discussions. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALCOHOL: Why put yourself into a condition where you can neither stand nor think
upright? - J.Z., 7/4/77.
ALCOHOL: With alcohol you start an internal and destructive revolution against
yourself, particularly against your higher mental powers. - J.Z. 17.3.75. - Our brain cells
do die already all too fast, their so far natural death. Some of them every day. We do not
have to additionally slaughter masses of them via alcohol consumption. - J.Z. 23.1.93.
ALIENATION: ... a key ingredient in the alienation of workers is a deep desire to
exercise control over one's own work and to use one's thinking powers...." - David
Jenkins, Job Power, p.158. - SELF-MANAGEMENT, WORKERS' CONTROL,
ALIENATION: ... All this does not mean that mankind is utterly helpless against lawless
and tyrannical regimes. On the contrary, man's rejection of violence - even when
confronted by foreign or domestic tyranny - eliminates the temptations which violence
brings with this and frees him to pursue more efficacious means. He can then seek to
alienate the servants of the tyrant ( J.Z.: See under DESERTION. ) from their master and
undercut his power at its roots. Man can offer the collective disobedience which, without
violence, has constituted so potent a weapon in the past. While methods of this kind also
have their price, both the moral and the physical cost would seem to be far less than that
attached to violence; and the probabilities of restoring a reasonably legitimate and lawful
regime would be much greater. Violence and the notion of lawfulness are so basically
opposed to each other that when disobedience becomes uncivil it should at least cling to
non-violence." - Mulford Q. Sibley, The Obligation to Disobey, 114. - I try always to
distinguish between a rightful and defensive use of force and an aggressive use of force
or violence, coercion and compulsion. - J.Z., 23.1.93. – DESERTION, REVOLUTION,
ALIENATION: Alienation exists when workers are unable to control their immediate
work processes, to develop a sense of purpose and function which connects their jobs to
the over-all organisation of production, to belong to integrated industrial communities,
and when they fail to become involved in the activity of work as a mode of personal self-
expression." - quoted by David Jenkins in Job Power, p.38. – Just one of many important
causes of present alienation. Taxation, the flood of laws, the foreign policy monopoly, the
decision on war and peace monopoly, monetary despotism, protectionism for a few at the
expense of all consumers, conscription, are just a few of the others. – Territorialism is the
worst factor – and over-all reduction of all important individual choices for all of the
population of a territory. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALIENATION: Alienation is highly desirable, as a motivation for creativity." - Opinion
ascribed to Walter Kaufmann by William H. Stoddard, IN LAISSEZ FAIRE REVIEW,
ALIENATION: Allow different groups of volunteers to alienate themselves as much as
they like from others, on a non-territorial and autonomous basis. - J.Z. 2.7.85.
ALIENATION: Real political power alienates us much more than 'economic power' is
supposed to do. - J.Z., 8.12.79. - The "them and us" division is much more felt in politics
than in the market place. - J.Z., 23.1.93. – We can largely boycott any of competitive
suppliers of consumer goods and services but not the territorial monopoly suppliers or
public services or, rather, public disservices. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALIENATION: That individual sovereignty is being destroyed in this country by our
current political trends, and it is scarcely astonishing that individuals now feel 'alienated'
from their government. They are not just alienated from it; they have virtually been
expelled from the governmental process, where only organized mobs prevail." - Simon, A
ALIENATION: The right to feel alienated must be added to the list of man's inherent
rights. Out of alienation can come great fruition. As the saying goes: 'Better Socrates
dissatisfied than a pig satisfied.'" - Robert J. Rubanowice, THE FREEMAN, 11/74. - But
not: Better Socrates murdered than a pig satisfied! - The ultimate coercive alienation is
alienation from one's own life through territorial rule and all that this implies. - J.Z.,
25.1.93, 4.11.08.
ALIENATION: Thus intellectuals from Rousseau to such recent figures in French and
German thought as Foucault and Habermas, regard alienation as rampant in any system
in which an order is 'imposed' on individuals without their conscious consent; ..." – F. A.
Hayek, The Fatal Conceit, p.64. - CONSENT, ORDER, IMPOSITIONS,
ALIENATION: Voluntary alienation is expressed by some university students, to give
just one example. The reasons for student discontent of this kind are obvious enough: the
problem is not class or occupational exclusion, but the feeling that their views, desires,
commitments, and very lives are not positive elements in the making of their nation's
political decisions." - Silvert, Man's Power, 116. – Mere students should not have power
over national decisions but merely power over the affairs of their own voluntary
communities – and these should be exterritorially fully autonomous. They could run their
own free universities, if they wanted to, financed through a credit union in which already
working academics would be the main investors and promising students the main debtors.
Their discontent with territorial political governments they should express by individual
and group secessions and forming their own panarchies under personal laws. But to think
that they should determine the policies of whole populations amounts to an elitist
authoritarianism even before they have proven that they are part of a real rather than
merely imagined elite. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALIENS ACTS: What manner of society was this, that needed a class to project hate
upon? What kind of 'legislators' made laws that placed one man eternally inferior to
another - not through ineptness, or stupidity, or laziness - but simply because he was not a
member of the herd.? - Con Sellers, Mr. Tomorrow, X. - Aliens Acts make some sense
only within and to the adherents of territorial monopoly states but none at all for
panarchies, which are, internally, already as different as their voluntary members want
them to be and disadvantaged members would remain free to secede and associate under
full exterritorial autonomy, too. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
ALIENS: Already for its own advantage and in order to let no citizen think of wrongs,
robbery and violence, and to leave him no opportunity other than through patient
industry, within the sphere prescribed by law, every State must prohibit hurting any
citizen of a neighbouring State - as severely and prevent it as strictly as if it were done
against the own fellow citizens. This law on the security of neighbours, is a necessary law
for every State which is not a robber-state.” – ( "Schon um seines eignen Vorteils willen,
schon um in seinem eignen Buerger keinen Gedanken an Unrecht, Raub und
Gewalttaetigkeit aufkommen, und ihm keine Moeglichkeit des Gewinnes uebrig zu lassen,
ausser durch Fleiss und Arbeitsamkeit in der vom Gesetze angewiesenen Sphaere, muss
jeder Staat die Verletzung eines Buergers des benachbarten Staates ebenso streng
verbieten, so sorgfaeltig verhindern, so genau ersetzen lassen, und so hart bestrafen, als
ob sie an dem eignen Mitbuerger aus geuebt waere. Dieses Gesetz ueber die Sicherheit
der Nachbarn ist notwendiges Gesetz jedes Staates, der kein Raeuberstaat ist. ..." ) - J. G.
Fichte, Die Bestimmung des Menschen, S.136/7. - - "Freiheit ist immer die Freiheit des
Anderen." ( ―Freedom is always the freedom of the other one.‖ ) - Source? –
ALIENS: How shall we deal with strangers, except as brothers?" - Ursula K. Le Guin,
The Left Hand of Darkness, 65. – Politeness is an alternative to familiarity. So are justice
and tolerance, as well as neutrality, and free trade, voluntary segregation. Not even real
brotherhood is a guaranty for peace or friendship between brothers. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALIENS: If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shews he is a citizen of the
world." - Francis Bacon.
ALIENS: Only politicians, rulers and other criminals are 'aliens' and enemies in my
eyes.‖ - J.Z., 6/72. – As long as they rule people territorially or try to. – If they confined
themselves to their own kind of volunteers, they would be welcome to them, even if they
obviously cannibalized them. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALIENS: People ready to murder millions of humans for relatively minor differences,
would not hesitate to do it to aliens from space. In other words, as long as there are
buttons for expressing nuclear madness and people with access to them, driven by various
power illusions and spleens, we are not ready for contact with alien civilisations, nay, not
even for contact with our own possible and desirable civilisation and culture in a quite
free society, made up of many free societies, all only of volunteers and all confined to
exterritorial autonomy. - J.Z., 12.9.92, 23.1.93. - PANARCHISM
ALIENS: The most difficult alien contact for humans is still that with other humans, who
have other beliefs, customs, principles, aims or institutions or who do want others. - J.Z.,
11.4.92, 23.1.93.
ALIENS: There are no aliens in the family of man." - Don Ho, Hawai. - "The narrow-
minded ask, 'Is this one of our tribe, or is he a stranger?' But to those who are of a noble
disposition, the whole world is but one family." - Hitopadessa. - If it really were a single
family, what a despotism it might become! No escape for anyone, anywhere! - J.Z.,
ALIENS: There were no such things as strangers. In whatever form, with whatever
purpose, all of them were people." - Clifford D. Simak, Way Station, 31. - Although
interest in SF aliens and in the peoples of other countries is now probably higher than
ever before, it still expresses only a minority point of view and tolerant and sympathetic
attitude rather than a general public opinion, which is still quite intolerant and often
viciously so. However, after the introduction of exterritorial autonomy, at first claimed
only by a few, this attitude and opinion would tend to disappear, fast. Most people opt
already for foreign goods, even if they are still antagonistic to their producers coming
over, too, to trade with us from nearby, instead of from a distance. - J.Z., 23.1.93. – At
least when it comes to tourism, foreign meals, cars, sportsmen, restaurants, music, art and
films - the antagonism against ―foreigners‘ and ―foreign‖ things has already largely
ALIENS: To them we are the aliens." - John Ashcroft, editorial, NEW WORLDS SF,
6/63, p.121. – We are their aliens. Do we want them to discriminate intolerantly and
coercively against us as we do against them, e.g. with our immigration restrictions and
territorial impositions? – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALIENS: We are ready for contacting aliens from space only once the best of human
thoughts and beings are no longer alien to us. - J.Z., 4.10.92, 23.1.93. – IDEAS
ALIVE: In spite of all that can be said against our age, what moment it is to be alive in!"
- From James McAuley's Editorial, Vol. 1, No. 1 of QUADRANT.
ALIVE: Oh, Century, Oh sciences! It is a pleasure to live but not yet to retire, my
Willibald. The studies flourish, the minds are moving and you, barbarism, take a rope
and prepare for your banishment." - Ulrich von Hutten, a bit prematurely, since he lived
from 1488-1523.
ALLEGIANCE: Allegiance cannot be simply owed, e.g. by birth, but merely freely given
- or withheld. - J.Z., 27.6.89. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM,
ALLEGIANCE: Allegiance to the State ... is allegiance run mad." - Willoughby Berkie,
the Earl of Abingdon, in his criticism of Burke's defence of America. LAISSEZ FAIRE
ALLEGIANCE: Beware of anyone who demands your allegiance. He obviously fears,
probably with good reason, that he can't earn it.‖ - Kelvin Throop, ANALOG 12/00,
ALLEGIANCE: I do not acknowledge allegiance to any government." - Slight rewording
of a remark by William Lloyd Garrison, 1838: "We cannot acknowledge allegiance to
any human government." - Quoted in Tolstoi, On Civil Disobedience, p. 215.
ALLEGIANCE: If the men of the Revolution designed to incorporate in the Constitution
the absurd ideas of allegiance and treason, which they had once repudiated, against
which they had fought, and by which the world had been enslaved, they thereby
established for themselves an indisputable claim to the disgust and detestation of all
mankind." - Lysander Spooner, No Treason, I, p. 14, Works I.
ALLEGIANCE: Inherited or born-into allegiance, without any personal choice in the
matter, is nonsense and cannot be justified. - J.Z., 27.6.89, 23.1.93. But it is one of the
many unjust and nonsense notions which still rule and thus misrule the world. - J.Z.,
ALLEGIANCE: Lawyers and judges assumed since 1608 ( case of Sherley, a Frenchman
) that a man "owed to the King obedience" as long as he was within the king's protection.
But the king's protection ( to the extent that it is more than imagined ) is an imposed
monopoly service and not a freely chosen and competitive service and it is already
involuntarily paid for by taxes. Moreover, an almost sufficient degree of protection is
given to kings and prime ministers but rarely to any other subject. ( I was told, in 1990,
that a recent mayor of Detroit needed 20 bodyguards to protect him from his "grateful"
subjects! ) At best the subjects are offered revenge via the law, and only rarely any or
sufficient indemnification at the expense of their attackers. - Automatic allegiance is an
invention of lawyers, politicians and rulers, who consider the State and all its people as
their property, like Louis XIV did, when he said: "I am the State!" - J.Z., 27.6.89,
ALLEGIANCE: My allegiance lies with me.‖ – From film: Robin Hood, Capital TV,
ALLEGIANCE: Our allegiance is to humanity first, to our country second, and to the
army last... but above these is our allegiance to our individual consciences." - Grafitti.
When? Where?
ALLEGIANCE: The Constitution itself, uses no such word as 'allegiance', 'sovereignty',
'loyalty', 'subject', or any other term, such as is used by other governments, to signify the
services, fidelity, obedience, or other duty, which the people are assumed to owe to their
government, regardless of their own will in the matter. As the Constitution professes to
rest wholly on consent, no one can owe allegiance, service, obedience, or any other duty
to it, or to the government created by it, except with his consent. - The word 'allegiance'
comes from the Latin words 'ad' and 'ligo', signifying 'to bind to'. Thus a man under
allegiance to a government, is a man 'bound to it'; or bound to yield it support and
fidelity. And governments, 'founded otherwise than on consent', hold that all persons
born under them, are under allegiance to them; that is, are bound to render them their
support, fidelity, and obedience; and are traitors if they resist them." – Lysander
Spooner, No Treason, II/11, Works, vol. I.
ALLEGIANCE: The opinions of the South, on the subjects of allegiance and treason,
have been equally erroneous with those of the North. They only difference between them,
has been, that the South has held that a man was (primarily) under involuntary
allegiance to the State government; while the North held that he was (primarily) under a
similar allegiance to the United States government; whereas, in truth, he was under no
involuntary allegiance to either." – Lysander Spooner, No Treason, II, p. 13, Works, vol.
ALLEGIANCE: This thing Allegiance, as I suppose, // Is a ring fitted in the subject's
nose, // whereby that organ is kept rightly pointed // To smell the sweetness of the Lord's
anointed. G.J.‖ – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil‟s Dictionary.
ALLEGIANCE: What hope is there for the world as long as we cling to the outmoded
form of national allegiance? We owe allegiance to no one.‖ – Alistiar McLean, The Last
Frontier, p.200.
ALLIANCES: ... as Hitler had predicted in the Bunker, no military alliance survives the
first round of spoils dividing. ( He was an expert on that. Look what he did to the
Russians after signing a non-aggression pact with them. ) - Jim Downard,
LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION106, p.18. - Only Stalin and some of his top henchmen
signed it. On Hitler's side it was the same. Any difference between the deals princes,
kings and emperors made between themselves, at the expense of their subjects? The
whole sphere is still so monopolised in practice and by the unchecked premises of
theories that this monopoly is rarely ever questioned. - J.Z., 23.1.93. – DECISION-
ALLIANCES: ... leagues made with a view to mutual help in all wars alike, without
distinction as to the cause, are unlawful;..." - Hugo Grotius, On the Laws of War and
ALLIANCES: Alliance & Leagues & Federations - only for the protection of individual
human rights! - J.Z. 17.11.82.
ALLIANCES: Alliances between territorial governments have the tendency to spread and
finally to become world wars. - There are three basic attitudes towards a small fight. All
bystanders might jump in to draw the fighters apart, they might form a ring and cheer for
one or the other or they might join the brawl. Political alliances have probably not often
served to prevent a fight or to end it fast or to limit it. They tended to extend it. - J.Z.,
ALLIANCES: Alliances do not promote peace among allies." - Conclusion by Erich
Weede, Weltpolitik und Kriegsursachen im 20. Jahrhundert, Munich, R. Oldenbourg,
1975. Quoted in PEACE RESEARCH, April 76.
ALLIANCES: Close alliances with despots are never safe for free States." -
Demosthenes, Second Philippic, ca. 345 B.C.
ALLIANCES: Close alliances with despots are never safe for free states." -
Demosthenes, 385? - 322 B.C. - Alliances of anyone or any group with any territorial
government are never safe. - J.Z., 9.6.92.
ALLIANCES: Do not call the wolf to help you against the dogs." - Russian proverb.
ALLIANCES: How can tyrants safely govern home - unless abroad they purchase great
alliance?” - Shakespeare, Henry VI, III, c.1591.
ALLIANCES: I would trust only alliances between competing and tolerant governments
in exile and minority groups, provided that all of them aim at and practise merely
exterritorial autonomy for their voluntary supporters. All other alliances are like
handshakes with a smile - under the threat of a gun. - J.Z., 1.7.92, 15.1.93.
ALLIANCES: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so
deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third. –
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil‟s Dictionary.
ALLIANCES: One should distinguish between alliances between governments and
alliances between the people themselves, possibly over the heads of their rulers. Would
ordinary people, if it were up to them, grant an alliance status to any tyrant or dictatorial
regime? I hold that in most instances they would not. Only some fanatics among them
would be so inclined. Politicians, however, and diplomats, not usually known for their
firm adherence to principles, least of all those of justice, rights and liberty, and rather
addicted to power, have often done so and do it still. - J.Z., 12.7.86, 23.1.93.
ALLIANCES: Only alliances between volunteer communities can be quite rightful and
sensible and peace rather than war-promoting. - J.Z., 25.9.02. - PANARCHISM,
ALLIANCES: Only voluntary alliances can be rightful, if they are for a rightful purpose,
too. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
ALLIANCES: Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations - entangling
alliances with none." - Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801.
ALLIANCES: Rather only alliances between local volunteer militias for the protection of
individual rights than any alliances between any territorial governments. - J.Z., 24.1.93.
ALLIANCES: The Utopians - "never enter into any alliance with any other state. They
think leagues are useless things, and reckon that if the common ties of human nature do
not knit men together, the faith of promises will have no great effect on them." - Thomas
More, Utopia, 1516.
ALLIANCES: Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion
of the foreign world." - George Washington, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796.
ALLIANCES: Who would expect the alliances made between diplomats and politicians
to be just, serious & lasting ones? - J.Z., 25.9.02.
ALLIES: I'll walk with any man going my way." - Abraham Lincoln. - If the other were a
bank robber, wanting to rob your bank, and you were just going there, too, would you
accompany him, if you could avoid this and or possibly raise an alarm? - J.Z., 24.1.93.
ALLIES: Instead of enemies, we are looking for allies everywhere." - M. Ferguson, The
Aquarian Conspiracy, 448. - The only allies that I would like to deal with in the future,
anywhere, would be a) other local militias for the protection of individual rights, b)
governments in exile that claim right now and aim for the future: only exterritorial
autonomy for their voluntary members, c) a federation of all minority groups which has
as the only common platform: the support of exterritorial autonomy for all volunteer
communities. - J.Z., 24.1.93.
ALLOW: Don't tell me what you're going to allow me to do." - Ayn Rand, Atlas
ALONE: A man can be himself only as long as he is alone; and, if he does not love
solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free." -
Schopenhauer. - Freedom includes the freedom to associate with others in thousands of
different ways. Man is at the same time a non-social and a social animal, as already Kant
pointed out. Those who try to be only either of these two ( or even anti-social ones - J.Z.,
25.9.02 ) are not quite human. - J.Z., 24.1.93.
ALONE: A true human has to be far from humans." – Heinrich von Kleist. ( Ein wahrer
Mensch muss fern von Menschen sein. ) – Only sometimes, for his special labor. If he
made a habit of it then he would tend to deteriorate. Can books, radio, TV, discs, phone,
mail, email and Internet surfing be a sufficient substitute for personal contacts? Hermits
did not have such options in previous periods. – J.Z., 4.11.08. – DIS.
ALONE: Alone is the condition in which every thoughtful person finds himself." - Helmar
ALONE: Alone: being in bad company." – Ambrose Bierce. ( Retranslated from German
ALONE: Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation;
for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." - George Washington.
ALONE: Better be alone than in bad company." - Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia,
1732, 872. - "It is better to be alone than in ill company." - George Pettie, Civil
Conversations of Stefano Guazzo, 1581.
ALONE: Cause being alone, on your own, ain't the same as being free." - L. Neil Smith,
The Wardove, p.134. – Of cause?
ALONE: Du kannst nicht allein sein. Du brauchst die anderen. Sorge dafuer, dass sie
auch dich brauchen. Oder du bist erledigt." - J. H. Mackay, Abrechnung, 167. - You can't
be ( exist? ) alone. You need the others. See to it that they need you, too. Or you are
finished." - That does fully apply only to free market relationships for survival and also to
some social relationships. - J.Z., 24.1.93.
ALONE: He travels fastest who travels alone." - Rudyard Kipling, The Winner.
ALONE: I am alone but I am not lonely." - From film: Having It All.
ALONE: I prefer living alone. Especially since I work at home. I'm not a recluse, I really
need people. But I like to be able to say when." - Gail Miller, NATIONAL TIMES,
ALONE: I was always much alone," she said. And after a slight pause, "Many people
don't help one get over being lonely." - Hans Habe, Aftermath, p. 64.
ALONE: If he is closeted in a '24-hour-a-day relationship' with someone, he can't do
things spontaneously. Such as? 'Such as going out all night to a casino.'" - John
Andrews, NATIONAL TIMES, 24.2.75.
ALONE: I'm never alone - I have me. Fortunately, I'm not one of those people who, when
left alone, are faced with the unpleasant realisation that there's really no one there." - F.
Paul Wilson, Wheels Within Wheels, p. 46.
ALONE: In what concerns you much, do not think you have companions; know that you
are alone in the world." - Thoreau, quoted in MINUS ONE, No. 30. - If directories were
sufficiently developed and gave details on the interests of individuals, perhaps in a
numerical code, we would find it much easier to contact people with similar interests, for
some forms of collaboration and be it only for letter exchanges, e.g. among people with
similar scholarly interests. Comprehensive registers of current research projects would
help, too. The National Technical Information Service may still continue such a register
which was started many years ago by the Smithonian and registered social science
projects as well. At one stage it had over 350,000 projects registered. - However, until we
have made such contacts, we should do our duty as if we were alone. Numerous contacts
of this kind are not always necessary: Schiller said: "How fruitful is the smallest circle - if
it is well cared for." - J.Z., n.d.
ALONE: It is only as a man puts off all foreign support and stands alone that I see him to
be strong and to prevail." -Emerson, in Sprading, p.143. – As if all lone reformers,
innovators and inventors had been successful! But history is full of their failures. This is
one of the reasons for establishing an Ideas Archive, Talent Centre or Super-Computer
Project. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALONE: It really is a terrific freedom not to have to consult anybody. Never mind how
much you like them." - Frank Watters, NATIONAL TIMES, 24.2.75.
ALONE: Living together is like being on parole. You have to report in each day." - John
Andrews, NATIONAL TIMES, 24.2.75.
ALONE: Pity the people who are bad company for themselves! - J.Z., 24.1.93.
ALONE: Surrounded by dozens, even thousands, sometimes millions, and yet alone. -
J.Z., 15.4.84.
ALONE: That cause is strong which has not a multitude, but one strong man behind it." -
J. R. Lowell, Democracy: Books and Libraries. - INDIVIDUALS, STRENGTH,
ALONE: The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must
wait till that other is ready." - Thoreau.
ALONE: The right to be alone is the most comprehensive of rights and the right most
valued in civilised man.‖ - Justice Louis D. Brandeis. - The right to associate, voluntarily,
is as valuable for civilised man. - J.Z., 24.1.93.
ALONE: The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone." - Henrik Ibsen,
Lysander, Act v. – True or wishful thinking? As a rule he will play the role of a lone
―voice in the wilderness‖! – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALONE: There is a freedom thing. I'm fairly introspective. I really like time to think. If
someone else is there you're conscious of them always. This way I can potter around by
myself, make a cup of tea if I feel like it, not have to turn it into a social occasion. Many
of my best ideas come when I'm just ambling around." - Frank Watters, NATIONAL
TIMES, 24.2.75. - According to some statistics, it is a sign of our times that the single
person households have very much increased in numbers over former decades. Even
dancing has largely changed from group dancing to the dancing of couples and then of
individuals. - J.Z., 24.1.93.
ALONE: We walk alone in the world. Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and
fables." - R. W. Emerson, Friendship, 1841.
ALONE: We walk faster when we walk alone." - Napoleon. - So why the hell did he think
we have to travel with an army? - J.Z., 24.1.93. – Why did he not make all his conquests
on his own? He certainly travelled fast - back to France when he left one defeated army
in Egypt and another one in Russia. Did he also lead a fast retreat after Waterloo? – Most
modern generals, too, do not lead from the front but from the rear, which makes it safer
for them and their own retreat much easier. Their soldiers are just pawns for them. – J.Z.,
ALONE: When people won't let you alone, it's because you haven't learned how to make
them do it." - David Seabury, USA author, quoted by P. Dortort.
ALTAR: The place whereupon the priest formerly raveled out the small intestine of the
sacrificial victim for purposes of divination and cooked its flesh for the gods. The word is
now seldom used, except with reference to the sacrifice of their liberty and peace by a
male and a female fool.‖ – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil‟s Dictionary.
ALTERNATIVE FUTURES: Alternative futures should depend only upon individual
choice or consent.‖ – J.Z., 1.9.97. - CHOICE, CONSENT, VOLUNTARISM,
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: ... pressure from the newly-enfranchised 'working-
class' consumers of welfare will lead to the creation of new market institutions to meet
their demands - fee-charging schools or tutors, private health insurance, private
hospitals - and of new political alignments to create legal and institutional room for
them. Whatever 'conservatives' in ALL parties may do to preserve the welfare state
despite the unprecedented and unforeseen revolution in expectations of the last quarter-
century, consumers will increasingly demand something different and better, and the
market will find ways of providing it - unless it is, for a time, suppressed by legalised
tyranny the British will not long tolerate. - The question for politicians - Conservative,
Social Democrat and Liberal - is whether they think they can repress the new demands or
help them to be expressed in ways that maintain the liberties, toleration and civilities of
British life.‖ - Arthur Seldon, 1985, p. 52. - WELFARE STATE, PANARCHISM
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: Although Come-outerism was confined to a very
small percentage of the American Population, its roots ran deep as witnessed by the fact
that its major tenets again found expression in the pages of 'THE WORLD'S
REFORMER', edited by Seward Mitchell of Newport, Maine, some forty years after
Rogers' death. Like Rogers before him, Mitchell argued that 'the State is the great
criminal, but it can never be destroyed by force but must be outgrown by higher
conditions.'" - Source? The clipping refers to: The Nature of the State, - The World's
Reformer, # 286, Newport, Maine, n.d. - I have as yet never seen any sample of that
series, far less the above-mentioned works by Rogers and Mitchell. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: By going beyond the state and eliminating its
'protection', anarchists must provide alternative institutions and a new ethos. Whatever
alternative institutions and life-styles are developed, they must be based on free,
uncoerced, and revocable participation." - Editorial, p. 4, in LIBERTARIAN
ANALYSIS, Winter 70. - The same options must be aimed at for all archists, Only then
are anarchists and libertarians likely to be able to achieve them for themselves. - J.Z.,
25.1.93. - PANARCHISM
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: Everywhere, by and for everybody, in every field of
human endeavour and for every peaceful and creative purpose. All according to the
individual choices of their voluntary members. All to be fully exempted from all so far
territorially imposed constitutions, laws, administrations, jurisdictions and other controls
and taxes. - J.Z., 6.5.89, 4.7.89.
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: How does a new society emerge out of the old
society? Like a mushroom upon a rotting trunk. Out of the subculture of the existing
order grows an alternative community. The underground community of mutinous youth
emerges and is going to develop independently of the still existing authorities. The
revolution is taking place now..." - Roel Van Dyn, Amsterdam, Elfincity, Feb. 5, 1970,
ELF, One. Also ELF, No. 7. - Unless it is accompanied by a programme of the same
autonomy for all the different alternative institutions desired by all the different dissenters
for themselves, any particular deviation from the norm is likely to become suppressed
again by the unity and uniformity dogmatists of territorialism or "national sovereignty".
The merely national aspirations of all national minorities should thus be unleashed as
well against the super-nation States. Likewise freed – into full exterritorial autonomy -
should be all other kinds of dissenters. A wider horizon offers much wider chances for all
but those who want to be oppressors. - J.Z., 25.1.93, 4.11.08. – See under Start-up
options in my Panarchy A to Z. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: In the 15th anniversary edition of QUADRANT,
James McAuley wrote of the threat to representative government and the rule of law in
Australia and claimed that 'today it is becoming doctrine with the left that "true"
democracy requires the assertion of an alternative extra-parliamentary power,
purporting to be the true voice and will of the people, entitled therefore to set at naught
the authority of parliament and law'." - Gerard Henderson, in QUADRANT, Sep./Oct.
1972. - A single "popular front", as a pressure and action group, is as little representative
and lawful as an alternative society as is any present territorial governmental
establishment. True alternatives, fit not only for fluctuating and usually deceived
majorities but for all minorities and individuals, could only be provided by freely
competing alternative societies, made up only of volunteers, all confined to exterritorial
autonomy, which is the only framework that could cater to the choices of sovereign
individuals and their preferred personal laws and political, economic and social system,
enterprises and institutions. - J.Z., 25.1.93. – PANARCHISM
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: Swinburne writing in 1862, "A Song in Time of
Order", proposed a sea-borne refuge from governments: "Out to sea with her there, - Out
with her over the sand, - Let the kings keep the earth for their share! - We have done with
the sharers of land....- Will they tie the winds in a tether, - Put a bit in the jaws of the
sea? - While three men hold together, - The kingdoms are less by three...." - One could
confine one's thoughts and actions to the sea, as some libertarians have done, when
developing the notion of "Ocean Freedom", or one could transfer the ethical
arrangements of the law of the sea to land. The land could become the common heritage
like the sea. All could have their own ―ship of state‖ on the land, too, not confined to any
particular location but confined to their own affairs, with no vote or powers over the
affairs of others. Then each could ―sail or steam‖, with a self-selected crew, in a social
arrangement of their choice, in any direction they like, for any purpose they have chosen.
Only the law of the sea against collisions and similar self-evident rules for their mutual
protection, would have to be abided by, internationally. - J.Z., 25.1.93. - PANARCHISM.
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: The Italian solution is not just economic; it involves
the creation of alternatives for the failed functions of the state – some formal and some
highly informal. There are alternative postal services, alternative sanitation services,
alternative police and fire services.‖ - Richard Cornuelle, Healing America, G.P.
Putnam‘s Sons, New York, 1983, p. 148. - ITALIAN SOLUTION
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: The libertarian laissez-faire movement is, actually, if
embarrassingly for some, a civil rights movement. But it is anti-political, in that it builds
diversified power to be protected against government, even to dispense with government
to a major degree, rather than seeking power to protect government or to perform any
special social purposes." - Karl Hess, Death of Politics, p.7. - Not just diversified and
pluralistic power should be aimed at but alternative and competing governments or free
societies that, by combining the sovereignties of free individuals, would become
exterritorially quite autonomous, comparable to competing churches and sects. Only
territorial, coercive, uniform and monopolistic and imposed governments would be done
away with. Their opposite associations would be left as ways-out, different ways-out
according to the different choices of individuals and minorities and majorities. -
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: The multitude is more interested in possibilities than
in realities.‖ – „Die Menge interessiert sich mehr fuer Moeglichkeiten als fuer
Wirklichkeiten." - E. Jonas, Nordische Diamanten, Nr. 141. (Henrik Hertz). - - Die
Mehrheit interessiert sich weniger fuer alle Moeglichkeiten als fuer die wenigen
Wirklichkeiten die sie taeglich sieht. - J.Z., 10.12.85. - ( The Masses are less interested in
all possibilities than in the few realities which it sees daily. ) - However, a consistent
interest of a few innovators could well suffice. - J.Z. 21.7.86. - Once they become free to
go ahead, with their innovations among themselves, many of the masses of people would
soon come to follow them, as they do follow e.g. technical innovations, fashions, dances,
popular music innovations etc. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: The State is a condition, a certain relationship
among human beings. ... we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving
differently toward one another... We are the State, and we shall continue to be the State
until we have created the institutions that form a real community and society." - Gustav
Landauer, 1910. - He should have said that: We are our own State, but from now on
merely an exterritorially autonomous one, that leaves all others free to do exterritorially
and autonomously their own things for or to themselves. - J.Z., 25.1.93. -
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: There is, however, a real alternative society to the
economic stagnation and moral decay of the last 25 years in Britain. This alternative
would be a truly free enterprise economy, whose participants are aware of their own and
society's long-term self-interest and responsibilities." – Dr, Rhodes Boyson, Goodbye to
Nationalisation, V. - Most are unaware or unappreciative of the alternative societies
wanted by other individuals and volunteer groups. Since none should be forced upon
anybody, like formerly religious cults were, each should become free to choose his own
for himself - to benefit or suffer from it only by himself and with like-minded people. -
25.1.93. - See: PANARCHISM.
ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS: We need open classrooms as well as traditional
schools. We need easy-come-easy-go organizations as well as rigid monastic orders (
secular as well as religious. ) - Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave, Pan Books & Collins,
1980/81, p.388. – Underlining by me. - J.Z. - VOLUNTARISM, COMPETITION,
ALTERNATIVES: A direct alternative requires only a decision on your part; an indirect
alternative requires that you get others to make decisions that would benefit you." - Harry
Brown, How I Found Freedom, p.75. - Under Panarchism the first would mean that you
could establish your own panarchy; the second would mean that others would have
established a panarchy that is ready made for you. You would merely have to join it. -
J.Z., 25.1.93.
ALTERNATIVES: Allow alternatives! - J.Z., 10.11/72. Allow alternatives to function
exterritorially, autonomously and among volunteer groups under personal laws. - J.Z.,
25.1.93. - PANARCHISM
ALTERNATIVES: Allow private alternatives! - J.Z., 11/72.
ALTERNATIVES: Any single hypothesis, alternative to the prevailing world-view, may
have debatable probability; but the alternatives COLLECTIVELY far outweigh the
apparent reality." - R. C. W. Ettinger, Man Into Superman, p.225. – Many freely
competing panarchies will tend to fast solve problems, between them, which territorial
States have been unable to solved for centuries. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALTERNATIVES: Consider the alternatives! - J.Z., 11.3.73. – Especially the numerous
diverse ones possible under the voluntarism of exterritorially autonomous communities or
panarchies or polyarchies or manarchies. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALTERNATIVES: Economic analysis of free market vs. government institutions and
services in such areas as schools, streets, courts, transportation, etc., shows why
voluntary private alternatives are more efficient and more desirable than government. A
defence of so-called 'anarcho-capitalism'.‖ - David Friedman, Laissez Faire Catalogue,
11/74. - Alas, he did not extend that idea to embrace that of competition for the kinds of
package deals that governments offer. Naturally, that would be only possible on an
exterritorial and autonomous basis for volunteer-communities. - J.Z. 25.1.93.
ALTERNATIVES: Even if you could make big changes in the world, the cost would be
gigantic. It's always simpler and less costly to look for direct alternatives - as opposed to
those that depend upon getting other people to act as you want them to act. That
principle applies in ANY area of life." - Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom, 133. -
When you are a conscript at the front and the other side neither takes prisoners nor
accepts deserters or treats them very badly, then your options become rather limited,
unless you start a military insurrection, preferably together with those on the other side,
who are in a similar position. Likewise, if you are an inmate of an extermination camp,
one of those forced to help in exterminating others ( or getting rid of their bodies ),
immediately upon your arrival, then your individual options are rather limited. However,
these "staff" of Sobibor, Byalistok, Treblinka and other death camps did, at last,
successfully rise, i.e. some of them did manage to escape as a result of these uprisings.
People like Brown are right in pointing out remaining official or underground
opportunities but wrong in pretending that these would be sufficient for everyone in any
position and towards any rightful aim. Insofar their statements are as absurd as the
assertion: Full freedom does already exist now, for anyone, anywhere. He has only to
practice it. - J.Z. 25.1.93, 25.9.02.
ALTERNATIVES: If there is no wind, row.‖ – Chinese Proverb - THERE IS ALMOST
ALTERNATIVES: If you feel you're exploited, it's probably because you feel trapped in
a situation to which there are no alternatives. But there are always alternatives." - Harry
Browne, How I Found Freedom, p.270. - Under territorialism, which suppresses
exterritorial alternatives, those alternatives, which Brown means, do often involve you in
an endless race and search for mere loopholes, which is expensive, too and often rather
risky. See the fate of many tax evaders and avoiders. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ALTERNATIVES: If you have no alternative, you don't have freedom." - Don
Werkheiser, 18.12.90. - I have his still unfinished magnum opus on hand, mostly hand-
written and thus have still to keyboard it into a computerised text. I'm hopeful that he
would finally acquire a PC and that this might lead to him to still finishing it. However,
my day has only 24 hours, too. As an advocate of voluntary associationism and of
"mutual convenience-relationships", as opposed to "single convenience relationships", he
has re-thought political, economic and social relationships as much if not more so than
most other "panarchistic" thinkers have done. - J.Z., 1/93. - Alas, he died in the meantime
and his heir is only contemplating the publication of his magnum opus and, probably, not
on an affordable alternative medium. - J.Z., 25.9.02.
ALTERNATIVES: Let every person have the alternatives he prefers - at his expense and
risk. - J.Z., 4.10.74.
ALTERNATIVES: Maximise the alternative forms in which a user might receive a
service, and the alternative sources of supply." - Don Chipp.
ALTERNATIVES: Rightness or justice demands that each human being be permitted to
exercise his essential humanness by an unfettered decision between alternatives." -
Ridgway K. Foley, Jr., THE FREEMAN, 4/74.
ALTERNATIVES: We don't have to run down governments. They do that themselves.
But we do have to describe the alternatives - believably. - J.Z., 10/72.
ALTERNATIVES: Where there are no alternatives, no values are possible." - Ayn Rand,
Atlas Shrugged, p.929. – VALUES, CHOICE, FREEDOM
ALTRUISM: "... your code hands out, as its version of the absolute, the following rule of
moral conduct: If YOU wish it, it's evil; if others wish it, it's good; if the motive of your
action is YOUR welfare, don't do it; if the motive is the welfare of others, then anything
goes. - As this double-jointed, double-standard morality splits you in half, so it splits
mankind into two enemy camps: one is YOU, the other is all the rest of humanity. YOU
are the only outcast who has no right to wish or live. YOU are the only servant, the rest
are the masters, YOU are the only giver, the rest are the takers, YOU are the eternal
debtor, the rest are the creditors never to be paid off. You must not question their right to
your sacrifice, or the nature of their wishes and their needs: their right is conferred upon
them by a negative, by the fact that they are 'not-you'." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged,
p.956. - Another long tirade. Is it really an improvement upon Bastiat's notion of a
"mutual plunderbund", where everybody imagines he would be better off by having his
hands in everybody else's pockets rather than merely in his own? - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ALTRUISM: "He that lives not somewhat to others, liveth little to himself." - Montaigne,
Essays, Bk. iii, ch. 10. - "No man is born unto himself alone; - Who lives unto himself, he
lives to none." - Francis Quarles, Esthere. Sec. i, med. 1. - ALONE, EGOISM
ALTRUISM: ... excessive concern for others robs them of the vital need for self-
development and may harm rather than help them." - Charles R. Wiles, HAIL, 1:5:1,
May 67.
ALTRUISM: ... Hume clearly saw that 'so noble an affection ( as generosity ) instead of
fitting men for large societies, is almost as contrary to them, as the most narrow
selfishness." - David Hume, 1739/1886: II, 270.
ALTRUISM: ... nothing is so soon corrupted by power-seeking as altruism." - Ursula Le
Guin, The Day before the Revolution, in: The Wind's Twelve Quarters, p.131.
ALTRUISM: ... only ... altruists value the truly worthless!" - OUTLOOK, Dec. 72.
ALTRUISM: ... that to live solely for 'others' is not only an impracticability but an insult
to the average human being's need and capacity for self-reliance." - John Chamberlain,
introducing W. F. Buckley, Jr.: God & Man at Yale, LIII.
ALTRUISM: ... the cynicism that comes from having tried to live by an impossible moral
code. - For that is what altruism is. The view doesn't just claim that there is virtue in
kindness and generosity but that charity is the first virtue we must practice. But that is
absurd. For it this were true, not even those being helped could accept the help. Mankind
would have to be a never-ending daisy chain of self-sacrifice. No one would be aided if
altruism were true and consistently implemented. It is not even an impossible ideal but an
impossible nightmare. - The truth is that human beings need a morality that can make
living both good and possible. This morality would involve a substantial dose of self-
interest. But the self-interest would differ from that which many take it to be - sheer
callousness, selfishness emphasising thrills and quick pleasures. Yet pleasures and well-
being would be part of this morality. Indeed, we should seek these, in moderation. - Most
important for human life, however, would turn out to be the pursuit of happiness. This
would come by pursuing those goals that are proper..." - Tibor Machan, Liberty and
Culture, p.214.
ALTRUISM: ... the second traditional 'good instinct', which still governs our emotions,
but which had to cease to be obligatory to make the great society possible: the principle
of „altruism'. This is a little more difficult to discuss because the concept itself is so
ambiguous and obscure. But there are one or two things which can briefly be made clear:
altruism can extend only to the known needs of known other people; it cannot lead to the
growth of a society which depends on our serving the needs of people of whose very
existence we have no idea. - The duty of altruism is one of choosing between the
magnitude of known needs of known other people and the urgency of our own needs. But
when it comes to serving the needs of people of whose very existence we do not know,
altruism cannot guide us. Altruism, in the sense that we must serve the needs of our
known neighbour before we pursue the profit from dealing with strangers, would have
made impossible the extension of society beyond the small group." - Hayek, in pp 30/31
of "Knowledge, Evolution and Society‖. - Foreign Aid charities now try to make us
familiar with the needs of poor people all over the world and try to pressure us into
helping them from the few surpluses which we might still be able to accumulate under
our all too restricted liberties, rather than seeking out and explaining to them and us those
economic and other liberties that would soon lead them to prosperity as well as us. I feel I
am very charitable to all able and willing to see the benefits offered, when I subsidise the
production of my PEACE PLANS series, while there is so little demand for the
enlightenment it offers, so that the few orders received do not cover, so far, the past and
the expansion costs. Especially the people in underdeveloped countries should resort to
micro-fiched information and to fiching it for themselves. It is an intermediate
technology they could afford. In it there is even offered a special library on intermediate
technology. A library on all intermediate steps towards full liberty is, alas, not yet
compiled and microfilmed. - J.Z., 25.1.93. - The same could be said for floppy disks and
CD-ROMs. In underdeveloped countries they may not be affordable for individuals - but
they would often be for groups of them and they could serve such groups well. - There
were times in England when a number of workers had to combine to enable them to
purchase a single book. - J.Z., 25.9.02.
ALTRUISM: ... told that he isn't permitted a good life other than by giving it up to
others." - Tibor Machan, THE MERCURY, Nov. 78.
ALTRUISM: ... where the morality of self-sacrifice reigns ... the underlying notion that
you and I and every one of us exist - to be slaves to the well-being, health, safe living, and
full satisfaction of others." - Tibor Machan, REASON, 11/78. - Self-sacrifice is at least
voluntary, although under often quite irrationally compulsive ideas. But what is
commonly practised by governments, under all kinds of pretences, is the sacrifice of
involuntary victims for the supposed or real benefit of others. A kind of "reformed"
cannibalism, in other words. - J.Z., 25.1.93. - CANNIBALISM, WELFARE STATE,
ALTRUISM: … pure altruism is a perversion.‖ - Greg Bear, Slant, p.456.
ALTRUISM: A cog does not think, does not argue, does not discuss. It is a cog. The last
war was an incomplete victory of collective altruism over personal egoism; the next will
be a complete triumph." - B. A., in Melbourne, in RED & BLACK, 4/73. - I guess, he
means WW III, when we will all die, supposedly for the benefit of everyone else. - J.Z.,
ALTRUISM: A morality that professes the belief that the values of the spirit are more
precious than matter, a morality that teaches you to scorn a whore who gives her body
indiscriminately to all men ( J.Z.: Only to paying customers! ) - this same morality
demands that you surrender your soul to promiscuous love for all comers." - Ayn Rand,
Atlas Shrugged, p.959.
ALTRUISM: A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves. A race of free men is
necessarily a race of egoists." – Max Stirner, The Ego and His Own, 1845. - EGOISM
ALTRUISM: Altruism - which Rand defines as 'the placing of others above self, of their
interests above one's own' - is invariably in error, because it is 'a doctrine of moral
cannibalism' which advocates voluntary self-annihilation, a deliberate courting of self-
curtailment and self-diminution." - O'Neil, Ayn Rand, p. 63. - "Altruism is fundamentally
evil, because it is a perversion of man's essential (psychological) nature as man. It is
irrational and therefore doomed to failure. 'Since there is no rational justification for the
sacrifice of some men to others, there is no objective criterion by which such a sacrifice
can be guided in practice.'" - O'Neill, ibid.
ALTRUISM: Altruism does not mean mere kindness or generosity, but the sacrifice of
the best among men to the worst, the sacrifice of virtues to flaws, of ability to
incompetence, of progress to stagnation--and the subordinating of all life and of all
values to the claims of anyone's suffering." - Ayn Rand.
ALTRUISM: Altruism is not worth a cent more than selfishness. Nay, it can even become
more destructive. It purchases the profit of those which practice it at the expense of many
others. It is hardly possible to benefit someone without strengthening the selfishness of
the beneficiary." - Keyserling, Reisetagebuch eines Philosophen, 3, Indien, Benares.
ALTRUISM: Altruism is the morality of those who want to live off others' efforts." -
Tibor R. Machan, in REASON, 12/74. – Team-spirit and voluntary cooperation are often
also successful competitive practices! Altruism and egoism do not have to be absolute
opposites. – That is shown on the smallest scale by nuclear families standing together and
for each other, when they are all endangered. – Hens defending their offspring are more
likely to have any. - J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALTRUISM: Altruism is the self-contradictory bias of valuing the self of others more
than the own self. - J.Z., 24.10.92.
ALTRUISM: As Ayn Rand illustrated, the agent of such rot is the philosophical one of
altruism - a concept which, by strict definition, is NOT synonymous with benevolence, but
is rather, the idea that man is [not?] entitled to a better status than that of a dutiful pawn
bending to the needs and demands of others." - Ernie Ross Comment, 1976.
ALTRUISM: Being generous is inborn; being altruistic is a learned perversity. No
resemblance." - Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long.
ALTRUISM: Capitalism was destroyed by the morality of altruism." – Ayn Rand, THE
ALTRUISM: Concern for the common good consumes, it does not produce." - Georg
Kaiser. ( ―Gemeinsinn verbraucht - Gemeinsinn erzeugt nicht.‖ )
ALTRUISM: Disregarding one's own cause." - Eugene E. Brussell.
ALTRUISM: Freedom benefits others. Freedom is in their interest.‖ - Michael Cloud,
Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion, The Advocates for Self-Government, 2004, - p.106.
ALTRUISM: Human mental prowess and communicative powers have merely provided
superb elaboration on nature's old theme of fraud, and added its own distinctive feature:
self-delusion. Primitive animal hierarchies are based on bluff and bluster, and each
member is well aware of and accepts, at least temporarily, its position in the hierarchy.
The same wild enthusiasm and fascination for dominance and submission rages in human
hearts. However, fraud is taken one step further. Not only is fraudulent bluff and bluster
used to achieve dominance but fraudulent altruism and collective institutions are used to
conceal dominance once achieved. Human hierarchies, in contrast to the animal variety,
are best sustained when the members are deluded regarding the oppressive nature, or
better, even the very existence of the hierarchy!" - Peter McAlpine, The Occult
J.Z. )
ALTRUISM: I, who do not accept the unearned (*), neither in values nor in guilt, am
here to ask the questions you evaded. Why is it moral to serve the happiness of others, but
not your own? If enjoyment is a value, why is it moral when experienced by others, but
immoral when experienced by you? If the sensation of eating a cake is a value, why is it
an immoral indulgence in your stomach, but a moral goal for you to achieve in the
stomach of others? Why is it immoral for you to desire, but moral for others to do so?
Why is it immoral to produce a value and keep it, but moral to give it away? And if it is
not moral for you to keep a value, why is it moral for others to accept it? If you are
selfless and virtuous when you give it, are they not selfish and vicious when they take it?
Does virtue consist of serving vice? Is the moral purpose of those who are good, self-
immolation for the sake of those who are evil?‖ - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.957. - (*)
Almost all accept whatever benefits civilisation has so far provided! J.Z.
ALTRUISM: If tempted by something that feels 'altruistic', examine your motives and
root out that self-deception. Then, if you still want to do it, wallow in it!‖ - Robert
Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p.248. - "Beware of altruism. It is based on self-
deception, the root of all evil.‖ - R. H., ibid.
ALTRUISM: If we were sent here to look after the others - what the hell were the others
sent here for? - From film "Connie", 3.5.88.
ALTRUISM: I'm a liberal, I mean, one so altruistically moral - I never take my own side
in a quarrel." - Robert Frost.
ALTRUISM: In the sense of inculcating conduct that benefits others, all systems of
morality of course commend altruistic action; but the question is how to accomplish this.
Good intentions do not suffice - we all know what road they pave. Guidance strictly by
perceivable favourable effects on particular other persons is insufficient for, and even
irreconcilable with, the extended order. The morals of the market do lead us to benefit
others, not by our intending to do so, but by making us act in a manner which,
nonetheless, will have just that effect. The extended order circumvents individual
ignorance ( and thus also adapts us to the unknown, as discussed above ) in a way that
good intentions alone cannot do - and thereby does make our efforts altruistic in their
effects. - In an order taking advantage of the higher productivity of extensive division of
labour, the individual can no longer know whose needs his efforts do or ought to serve,
or what will be the effects of his actions on those unknown persons who consume his
products or products to which he has contributed. Directing his productive efforts
altruistically thus becomes literally impossible for him. Insofar as we can still call his
motives altruistic in that they eventually rebound to the benefit of others, they will do this
not because he aims at or intends to serve the concrete needs of others, but because he
observes abstract rules. Our 'altruism', in this new sense, is very different from
instinctual altruism. No longer the end pursued but the rules observed make the action
good or bad. Observing these rules, while bending most of our efforts towards earning a
living, enables us to confer benefits beyond the range of our concrete knowledge ( yet at
the same time hardly prevents us from using whatever extra we earn also to gratify our
instinctive longing to do visible good ). All this is obscured by the systematic abuse of the
term 'altruistic' by sociobiologists." - Hayek, The Fatal Conceit, p.81. - A book full of
deep thoughts which, unfortunately, are often also still very long ones. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ALTRUISM: Inverted egoism." - Jacob Cohen.
ALTRUISM: Many people believe that altruism means kindness, benevolence, or respect
for the rights of others. But it means the exact opposite (*): it teaches self-sacrifice, as
well as the sacrifice of others, to any unspecified "public need"; it regards man as a
sacrificial animal.‖ - Ayn Rand, The Man-Haters, LA TIMES, September 30, 1962. - in:
―The Ayn Rand Column‖, revised edition, 1998, p 47, Second Renaissance Books, New
Milford, Connecticut, - - (*) In all cases? - J.Z., 24.1.02. -
ALTRUISM: Men proclaim their altruism to others and even themselves while they
selfishly scramble for personal advantage." - Peter McAlpine, The Occult Technology of
ALTRUISM: Neglect of self in favour of the self of others. - J.Z., 3.2.78.
ALTRUISM: Now, the proper person to look after you, is you. It may be psychologically
gratifying to feed others, but you can't survive on that. You have to have your own food.
You have to begin by being selfish. By wanting things for yourself. It is splendid if you to
want to help another girl have a skirt. But you can't prevent your own nudity that way.
You must first clothe yourself. You must first provide your own shelter, your own
comforts. AFTER THAT, it is very rewarding to help others." - LeFevre, Lift Her Up,
Tenderly, 32.
ALTRUISM: Objectivism' ... maintains that altruism is the essential seed of tyranny and
collectivism." - Libertarian Yearbook 1973. – Is every family and friendship groups a
tyranny? But if we assume that a whole territorial State can be conducted like a family or
friendship group then, indeed, the seed for a territorial tyranny is laid. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALTRUISM: Once most of the productive activities of members of a cooperating group
transcend the range of the individual's perception, the old impulse to follow inborn
altruistic instincts actually hinders the formation of more extensive orders." – F. A.
Hayek, The Fatal Conceit, 81. - One would e.g. help starving children anywhere best by
removing e.g. minimum wage laws, laws against child labour, laws on adoption, laws
against free trading, laws against free migration, laws against free banking and against
freedom for foreign investments, laws that impose taxes and regulations upon
employment. Thus while I would try to feed a starving child, which I actually
encountered, I would not try to help directly or indirectly merely feed millions of starving
children in the world, while leaving the conditions, which lead to their starvation,
untouched, unexamined and thus unchanged. Since I cannot change them myself, single-
handedly, I can at least try to point out which ones ought to be changed, why and how
this could be done. Then, if "concerned" people become enough "concerned" about such
information, the starving of further millions could soon be brought to an end and
prevented for the future. – J.Z., n.d.
ALTRUISM: One of the most effective ways of being greedy is to induce excessive
altruism in others." - Conrad Hopman, to Paul Hague, 1987.
ALTRUISM: People can preach altruism but they cannot live it. Nor should they, for the
genuine altruist voluntarily enslaves himself to the needs and desires of every other
person. The genuine altruist - if there could really be such a thing - is not a man but a
doormat." - The Incredible Bread Machine, p.132.
ALTRUISM: People who want nothing themselves for their services do worry me. Their
price is not right. – If they do not value them, why should I? - J.Z., 21.11.82. –
ALTRUISM: Playboy: And how would you define altruism? Rand: It is a moral system
which holds that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the
sole justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is the highest moral duty, value
and virtue. This is the moral basis of collectivism, of all dictatorships. In order to seek
freedom and capitalism, men need a non-mystical, non-altruistic, rational code of ethics -
morality which holds that man is not a sacrificial animal, that he has the right to exist for
his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others, nor others to himself. In other words,
what is desperately needed today is the ethics of Objectivism.‖ - Ayn Rand in PLAYBOY
ALTRUISM: Render unto all men their due, but remember thou art also a man." - M. F.
Tupper, Proverbial Philosophy: Of Humility. - CHARITY, PHILANTHROPY,
ALTRUISM: Such is the secret core of your creed, the other half of your double
standard: it is immoral to live by your own effort, but moral to live by the effort of others
- it is immoral to consume your own product, but moral to consume the products of
others - it is immoral to earn, but moral to mooch - it is the parasites who are the moral
justification for the existence of the producers, but the existence of the parasites is an end
in itself - it is evil to profit by achievement, but good to profit by sacrifice - it is evil to
create your on happiness, but good to enjoy it at the price of the blood of others." - Ayn
Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.957.
ALTRUISM: The art of doing unselfish things for selfish reasons." - Author unidentified.
ALTRUISM: The literal philosophical meaning of altruism is: PLACING OTHERS
ABOVE SELF. As an ethical principle, altruism holds that man must make the welfare of
others his primary concern and must place their interests above his own; it holds that
man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the moral justification
of his existence, that self-sacrifice is his foremost duty and highest virtue." – Nathaniel
Branden, Benevolence vs. Altruism, in Mrs. Young‘s manuscript on Ayn Rand, appendix.
ALTRUISM: The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated
altruism - are forced, indeed, to so spoil them. They find themselves surrounded by
hideous poverty, by hideous ugliness, by hideous starvation. ... It is inevitable that they
should be strongly moved by all this. The emotions of a man are stirred more quickly
than man's intelligences... it is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is
to have sympathy with thought. Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected
intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of
remedying the evils that they see. But their remedies do not cure the disease. They merely
prolong it. Indeed, their remedies are part of the disease." - Oscar Wilde, The Soul of
Man under Socialism.
ALTRUISM: The mystique of enforced altruism now engulfs the world." - Robert
LeFevre, Autarchy, RAMPART JOURNAL, Sum. 66.
ALTRUISM: The natural virtue of caring for others." - J. C. Lester. - This natural virtue
naturally overlooks that one can care well for others only after one has well enough cared
for oneself to have a surplus of energies and resources for others. - And those who "care"
by means of taxation, conscription and monopolies and other wrongs, do scare and rob
me. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ALTRUISM: The ultimate altruism is letting others take care of others." - READERS
DIGEST, 1/84, under "Word Play". - The observer would be altruistic to that extent. But
even the rational egoist should be tolerant towards the voluntary charity efforts of
individuals or voluntary bodies, not of the coercive "altruism" of the Welfare State,
which would tax him, too. - J.Z., 25.1.93. – I do mostly prefer mutual aid, insurance and
credit arrangements to mere one-sided charitable actions. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALTRUISM: This form of submission is found in all slave moralities, but it reaches its
peak ... in that form of leftist politics where you are expected to be as miserable as
everyone else, and if you are not, you are by definition oppressing those more wretched
ALTRUISM: Thoreau once observed that if he knew for certain a man was on his way to
see him with the single purpose of trying to help him, he would run for his life." –
REGISTER, Santa Ana, California
ALTRUISM: Though up to a certain point altruistic action blesses giver and receiver,
beyond that point it curses giver and receiver." - Herbert Spencer, The Study of
ALTRUISM: Until this idea (selfishness) is made clearer and clearer, until it is made as
prominent as its diametrically opposite idea that everyone's business is to live for
everyone else - until then, there will be very little change despite all the tax-limitation
measures, restraints on spending, etc., etc., that people have cooked up in an effort to live
something of a pleasant and prosperous life without challenging the view that it is wrong
even to think of doing so." - Tibor Machan, REASON, 11/78. - SELFISHNESS
ALTRUISM: We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I
ALTRUISM: What I find so striking about bleeding heart altruists is that they are eager
to spend every last cent of someone else's money to alleviate suffering. If it were their
own property they were dispensing so generously, I wouldn't utter a word of complaint,
but it seldom is." - Jim Stumm, THE CONNECTION 81, of 25.7.79.
ALTRUISM: When we come to consider that human beings are descended from
ancestors who, over an infinitely long series of generations, owed their success in life,
with the ability to leave offspring, to the fact that their self-preservative instincts were in
the ascendant ( J.Z.: Also their herd-cooperation instincts! ), we may well pause at the
unlikelihood of any thoroughly anti-egoistic course of conduct being able to secure the
same success. Rather does it appear likely that those who have 'conscientious scruples'
about their conduct, will have to take a back seat; while the altruists ( if there are any )
will spend their energies in making their enemies fat." - Badcock, Slaves to Duty. – Those
who often defended their tribe may have had a short life but may also have fathered many
children in that short life! – Just like the chiefs of tribes often did. – J.Z., 4.11.08.
ALTRUISM: Whoever serves others, why should he be better than one who serves
himself? That would only be the case when the benefit that he would give to others would
be, in an absolute sense, of higher use than the benefit one could achieve for oneself. If
the others are worth less, then he will act rightly, even when he serves himself at the
expense of the others." - Nietzsche, Nachlass, Unschuld des Werdens, 2, 765. - The last is
a "defence" of crimes with victims, if only the victims are considered to be "inferior".
This is exactly the kind of "selfishness" which the better altruists attack. If he is really
superior, then he should be able to trade with his "inferiors" in away so that both benefit
from the exchange. - J.Z., 25.1.93, 25.9.02.
ALTRUISM: Why is the doctrine insupportable? Altruism, Nietzsche noted, is the
master-slave morality. It demands that humanity split itself into camps, one preaching
and reaping the benefits of altruism, the other abiding by the doctrine and assuming the
position of servitude. But even if Nietzsche's forthright polemics are rejected, we find that
on logical grounds alone altruism collapses. Why on earth should each person live for
others' sakes if, as it surely follows in this doctrine, all these others must do the same, ad
infinitum? Who is the ultimate beneficiary of this kind of conduct - who deserves, finally,
to be honoured with a decent life of his or her own? Some abstraction called 'humanity'
or 'the species' or 'society' is frequently proposed, but what are all these if not the
individual members they comprise? Why, then, should all the individuals be orienting
their lives to serve others? Why don't we simply encourage all people to do well in their
own lives, thereby cutting out the 'middleman'?" - Tibor Machan, Liberty & Culture,
ALTRUISM: Why love others and hate oneself - when others also seem to hate
themselves? - J.Z., 7.2.80.
AMA: Australian Medical Association: "The AMA makes me sick." - Quoted by Veronika
AMATEURS: Every new field of modern science, without exception, has been founded
by an amateur. No new field of human advancement is ever started by a professional." -
John W. Campbell, Jr., editor, ASTOUNDING, June 53. - Anyone founding a new
science cannot, by definition, be a professional in that field. Only his followers can be
professionals. - J.Z., n.d. - ACADEMICS, EXPERTS, PROFESSIONALS,
AMBASSADORS: An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of
his country.‖ – Henry Wotton, 1568-1639, written in the album of Christopher Fleckmore
in 1602. – I suppose that territorial rulers, to stay in power, have to lie much more often
than the leaders and representatives of communities of volunteers. They have to lie often
to gain or maintain power in internal politics and in their external politics it is much the
same. But what reasons would the representatives or leaders of panarchies have to lie
about their politics and arrangements? They are part of publicly conducted experiments
by volunteers, with all their details very well known to all the media of the world. – J.Z.,
AMBITION: It is (ambition) which rouses and keeps in continual motion the industry of
mankind. It is this which first prompted them to cultivate the ground, to build houses, to
found cities and commonwealths, and to invent and improve all the sciences and arts
which ennoble and embellish human life..." - Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral
AMERICA: America had to be the only place in the world, he thought, where poor
people drove their own cars to demonstrations and the longest lines they stood in were at
the supermarket checkouts.‖ - Tom Clancy, Clear and Present Danger, 131. - US, ANTI-
AMERICA: Americans, however clumsy their approach might have been, intervened in
Vietnam to promote liberty and democracy while the Soviets marched into
Czechoslovakia for the opposite reason." - M. T. Raynard, THE NEW
AMERICA: And everyone forgets that we are the people who have given away more
money than any other in the history of the world. Say we did it selfishly. All right. But
who else ever has, even selfishly? - Frank Yerby, The Old Gods Laugh, p.139.
AMERICA: I hate to see the United States spill any more blood and treasure defending
the indefensible." - Jim Downard, THE CONNECTION116, p.23. - ALLIANCES,
AMERICA: Not a place upon earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is
remote from all the wrangling world and she has nothing to do but trade with them.‖ -
Thomas Paine – 1776, ISIL Liberty Quote Library 03. - FREE TRADE INSTEAD OF
AMERICA: The home of the homeless all over the earth.‖ - Street. – Yes, a long time
ago. – J.Z., 8.2.08.
AMERICA: Where is the New America, one can flee to, from the Old from the rest of the
Old Authoritarian World? - J.Z., 17.6.91. - EMIGRATION, ASYLUM, REFUGEES,
AMERICAN CONSTITUTION: One of the peculiarities of the American Revolution was
that its leaders pinned their hopes on the organization of decision-making units, the
structuring of their incentives, and the counterbalancing of the units against one another,
rather than on the more usual ( and more exciting ) principle of substituting “the good
guys” for “the bad guys” - Thomas Sowell. – The attempt to elect better rulers by
collectivist and territorial elections is still part of formal territorial constitutionalism. Both
of his two alternatives are based on territorialism. Under individual sovereignty and
individual secessionism, the good guys can separate themselves from the bad guys, the
Voluntaryists from the coercers, the competitive people from the monopolists, the
enlightened from the unenlightened, the informed from the ignorant, the wise from the
AMERICAN DREAM: ... once 'U.S.A.' had meant 'hope'." - Poul Anderson, Sam Hall.
AMERICAN DREAM: every man his chance, to every man, regardless of his birth,
his shining golden opportunity - to every man the right to live, to work, to be himself, and
to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him - this,
seeker, is the promise of America." - Thomas Wolfe: You can't Go Home Again, Harper
& Bros., 1940.
AMERICAN DREAM: A few men who did look into 'the law of liberty' bequeathed to
present-day Americans a unique heritage. They were the authors of the Declaration of
Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. In what respect were these
political documents unique? First, they unseated government as the endower of men's
rights and placed the Creator in that role. Second, they more severely limited government
than ever before - for the first time in history, hardly any organized coercion standing
against the release of creative energy. Result? The greatest outburst of creative energy
ever known, simply because the millions were free to act creatively as they pleased.
Political power diminished and dispersed beyond the ready grasp of authoritarians who
would run our lives. That was the American miracle!" – Leonard E. Read, NOTES
FROM FEE, 9/76. – Slavery, taxation, the postal monopoly, the decision-making
monopoly on war and peace, protectionism and territorialism were retained, e.g. at the
expense of Red Indian tribes and its Human Rights amendments were very incomplete
and its juries not free enough and its militia not free & autonomous but subject to the
State. Secession and panarchies remained outlawed. So it developed further into another
all too authoritarian State. – The American Dream, as an ideal, has still to be fully
developed and then realized. - J.Z., 5.11.08. - CONSTITUTION
AMERICAN DREAM: America means opportunity, freedom, power." - Emerson
AMERICAN DREAM: America, our great and beautiful Constitutional Republic, says
you are good and free and that you belong to you. America says you seek your own
happiness. America says you are responsible for yourself. America is true to truth.
America is not Christianity. America is not socialism. The American Dream is freedom,
the essence of Man, the aim of each human being is the same. To be what you are and to
become what you choose to be. To be free to find truth and act upon that truth to create
beauty. To be yourself. To create yourself. To cause yourself. To dream and to fulfil your
dream. This is good. This is what is real. This is what Man is. This is the essence moving.
This is the principle. This is the Purpose. This is the Destiny. America is Just. America is
truth in action. America is the Beauty of truth in action. America is the Beauty created by
truth inaction." - Zarlenga, The Orator. – Orators are inclined to exaggerations. – J.Z.,
AMERICAN DREAM: No one really defines it. Maybe MY AMERICAN DREAM is free
love, gambling and getting drunk six nights a week. But the "official" American Dream is
supposed to be the glorious opportunity any American has, to start out poor and ignorant
and end up rich and still ignorant enough to let the government steal 70 percent of his
earnings to support anyone who wants to make a buck in a soft government job or just
sitting at home.‖ - Rick Shelley, But First A Message, 117 in ANALOG 4/85. – How
many different definitions or interpreteations of the ―American Dream‖ do actually exist?
– J.Z., 3.11.08.
AMERICAN DREAM: The American Dream was about people, not government. It was
about people who, for the first time in history, declared that they were above government.
It was about individualism and the opportunity to achieve success without interference
from others. Most of all, the American Dream was about freedom." - R. J. Ringer,
Restoring the American Dream, p.241.
AMERICAN DREAM: The American Dream was imbued with the concept of the
individual: each man would reap the fruits of his own labor..." - John E. Nestler, THE
AMERICAN DREAM: The American Dream was not about government's taking huge
sums of money from citizens by force." - R. J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream,
AMERICAN DREAM: The American Dream was not about government's using all its
power and resources to meet new social problems with new social controls.‖ - R. J.
Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.241.
AMERICAN DREAM: We must stop talking about the American Dream and start
listening to the dreams of Americans." - Reubin Askew. Rather allow individual
Americans and their volunteer groups to realize, as far as possible, and at their own
expense and risk, their own dream. That is the most important American Dream. – The
hundreds of utopian colonies, intentional communities and alternative institutions and
private self-help institutions that were tried out or established in the U.S.A. represent the
American Dream much more than the various government levels of this republic do. -
AMERICAN REVOLUTION: An elective despotism was not the government we fought
for.‖ – Thomas Jefferson. - Americans had less good reasons to complain before this
revolution than they have now. The incomplete and flawed rights amendments were
afterthoughts, not the original demands. - If a better declaration of rights had been
advanced by these Revolutionaries, right at the beginning, most of the soldiers and
mercenaries sent against them would, probably, have joined them. In reports of German
soldiers sold by their rulers to the English government, as if they were slaves, to fight
against this revolution, one can find out that these Germans thought that Americans had it
already so good, that they could not have a good cause for their rebellion! - Thus, at least
initially, these German soldiers were opposed to these revolutionaries, not only under
orders but by conviction. - Later, appreciating American liberties & opportunities, many
of them defected, which was the right thing to do. - J.Z. 24. 11. 06.
AMERICAN REVOLUTION: The American Revolution was a beginning, not a
consummation." - Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States (1856-1924).
AMERICAN REVOLUTION: The colonies would have gladly born a little tax on tea,
and other matters, had it not been that the Bank of England took away from the colonies
their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction.‖ - Benjamin Franklin. –
The money which England tried to suppress was largely legal tender State paper money,
or forced and exclusive currency, i.e., the money of monetary despotism, not the monies
of monetary freedom. The American Revolution was also financed, badly, with such
forced and exclusive currency rather than with sound tax foundation money and private
money issues. Thereby is was prolonged and much more bloody that it need have been.
B. F. was not an advocate of monetary freedom. – J.Z., 4.1.08. - DIS.
AMERICANISM, New Type: The U.S. should recognize, sponsor and, as far as possible,
organise the recognition and protection of all secessionists in the world, especially, to
promote peace, freedom and wealth, the secession of individuals and minority groups and
their freedom to re-organise voluntarily, under exterritorial autonomy, in every country (
except on the private property of others ) and world-wide. By recognising the right to
secede from itself, and this being widely used by dissenters, it could lay all charges of a
new imperialism to rest. Whatever would then persist of Americanism, would tend to be
the best and anyhow, all of it would be adopted only by volunteers and at their risk and
expense. No good and just government should fear such a competition but should
consider it, like a continuous election or referendum, as a continuous proof for its
mandate and the satisfactions it provides for its voluntary members. - J.Z., 27.10.83,
AMERICANISM: ... the enemies of the American Revolution have known that this is
World Revolution. Until fifty years ago, every American school child knew that this
Republic is a revolution against the whole world, and that its first enemies are the
European despots. Every Fourth of July speaker until 1888 said so." - Rose Wilder Lane,
The Discovery of Freedom, p.255. - The essence of the American freedom ideal was not
so much a collectivist revolution for the whole world but the chance for the individual to
become fully free, no matter what all the other individuals would go on preferring for
themselves. Individual sovereignty, rights and liberty ideas, lead ultimately to
individualized revolutions and revolutions, non-violent and tolerant - for minorities of
volunteers only. While this would, indeed, in the medium and long term, revolutionise
most of the world, not a single peaceful dissenter would have to accept any part of this
revolution for himself. That would, perhaps, be the other side of the coin or its most
revolutionary feature: the one-man revolution. - Revolutionise revolutions through one-
man revolutions! - J.Z., 25.1.93. – REVOLUTION, PANARCHISM
AMERICANISM: ... the framers of the rules of the American society established the
conditions for the release of 'creative energy' - as Leonard Read would say." - Earl
Zarbin, THE FREEMAN, 10/75. - Unfortunately, they did not go far enough in this
direction, i.e. towards panarchism. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
AMERICANISM: ... the keystone of the American Dream is the protection of citizens
from laws." - Wallace Roberts, quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, 6/71. - If the
American Dream had been realized then Americans would not need protection against
"their" laws. - J.Z., 25.9.02. – How much protection rather than aggression do they get
from their present avalanche of laws? – J.Z., 5.11.08.
AMERICANISM: ... the principal magnet of America in the beginning was the absence
of governmental restraints; what else did the wilderness have to offer superior to the
places they left behind? Those who suffered disabilities imposed on them by their
respective governments, or by legally encrusted traditions, picked up sticks and went
west. America was the refuge for those who had run afoul of the law, for hounded
religious dissidents, for disinherited second sons, for debt-ridden prisoners, for all who
had lost hope or rising above the station to which law and custom consigned them. The
fact that they 'took a chance' is proof sufficient that they had freedom in their hearts." -
Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, 151.
AMERICANISM: ... the U.S.A. was grounded on the assumption that each human was
the proprietor of his own life, that he had at least limited authority over his person and
property, and that violation of his free will was justified only in cases of exceptional
need. This foundation led to the beneficial qualities of American tradition: industrial
capitalism, political freedom, cultural individualism, and a benevolent sense of life." -
ISFSC leaflet: The Road to Freedom.
AMERICANISM: A true recognition of man's individual rights is the surest guaranty
against statist abuses. in this sense, 'the most profoundly revolutionary achievement of
the U.S.A. was the subordination of society to moral law.' (Ayn Rand) The United States
was the first moral society in history." - W. F. O'Neill, Ayn Rand's Philosophy, p. 46.
AMERICANISM: According to one story, Bismarck once asked Carl Schurz how
Americans had become so self-reliant. Carl Schurz said: ―We don't put a policeman or a
sign in front of every puddle, warning people not to step or fall in.‖ – SELF-RELIANCE
AMERICANISM: America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is
the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by enlisting
under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence,
she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and
intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the
standards of freedom.‖ – John Quincy Adams (1821) - As a territorial State the USA, too,
got involved with numerous wars, on the American continent as well as in the rest of the
world. Under panarchism only some of its voluntary communities would have become so
involved, and this only with the objective of spreading panarchism and thus largely
abolishing despotisms and wars. - J.Z., 22. 11. 06. - TERRITORIALISM
AMERICANISM: America plans to 'buy' the world; the communists plan to own it." -
Tom Anderson. - I would rather replace the last 2 words by: "conquer it." - J.Z.
AMERICANISM: And though this government did from time to time manage to
circumvent some of these limitations, it was, on the whole, kept in leash during most of
the 19th century. There was freedom and men thrived. Security of property released an
inordinate amount of energy for the improvement of their horizons..." - Frank Chodorov,
Out of Step, p.153.
AMERICANISM: Beginning roughly 150 years ago, people the world over observed in
America something most unusual. For the first time in history, every individual,
regardless of station or status, was his own man. ( One exception, of course, was Negro
slavery, a horrible infraction of the freedom philosophy. The American Indian fared no
better. ) Each could employ himself as he saw fit, each retain the fruits of his own labour,
each decided his form of worship; in a word, freedom of choice in all aspects of life was
open to one as to another. Foreigners heard of an explosive creativity and an
unprecedented prosperity - a new world in which the lowliest labourer might rise to an
affluence greater than that of lords and dukes! - The upshot? There began the greatest
migration to a single country every known." - Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.12/13. - Ca. 50
million voted with their feet. The USA did no offer all human rights and liberties to all –
but more than the other States did. – J.Z., 5.11.08.
AMERICANISM: But this country, from the very beginning, established a (*) community
upon a social faith... a belief in Liberty and Equality. In every crisis of our history, it has
been that faith which has sustained us. (**) ... And this fact is the miracle of America.
(***) For whereas all other great countries can recognize their citizens by language and
physiognomy, we recognize an American by the way he thinks, and by the behaviour
based upon that thought. (****) - Dorothy Thompson, The Pocket Book of America, VII.
- - (*) Alas, only one territorial one - however subdivided by States and Local
Governments. - - (**) The incompleteness or inconsistency of this faith has caused most
crises in the first place. - - (***) The results of freedom are not miraculous. It is rather
miraculous that they could be overlooked for such a long time. - - (****) There is far less
unanimity in America than one could presume after that remark. I find Americanism
rather characterised by quite different beliefs that are not only freely held and expressed
but may also already, or still, be acted upon, among like-minded people. To each his own
America and Americanism, with all the variations he desires - at his own expense and
risk! Territorial governments, there as elsewhere, have only obstructed that ideal. See
under Panarchism. - J.Z., 25.1.93. - In my first and only visit to the U.S. so far, in 90/91, I
noticed 4 concrete liberties: Rustbucket cars were not legislated off the roads. Private
postal boxes existed in many shops, supplementing those of the monopolistic P.O. and
many photocopy shops were open 24 hours a day. Also: small and operating oil
extracting pumps dotted the landscape within and around L.A., in tiny and neat
enclosures, with green paddocks around them. Quite different from the disaster area
images the anti-technology people like to spread. - J.Z.
AMERICANISM: Constitutionalism - Capitalism - Individualism is Americanism! - Prof.
AMERICANISM: Eight words summarize the American philosophy of life: Live and let
live; Let‟s make a deal. Eight words summarize American foreign policy: We‟re better
than you; Do it our way.‖ – Gary North - This wrongful and imperialistic external policy
has also, to a large extent, been applied internally, by the Federal Government more and
more expanding its power, supported by the federal tax and budget system and, naturally
by all the territorial powers granted to it, including the authority to deny and suppress
both, geographical and individual secessionism. Panarchists would apply the 8 words of
internal genuine, because voluntaristic Americanism, with its thousands of voluntary self-
help groups, to external policies as well, recognizing the right of all voluntary groups to
rule themselves, exterritorially quote autonomous, in accordance with their own beliefs
and convictions. If that were consistently applied, American foreign policy would
become easy, cheap, quite clear and consistent and bloodshed & destruction around the
world would be greatly reduced. - J.Z., 26. 11. 06. – INTERNAL & FOREIGN POLICY
AMERICANISM: Energy, ideas and freedom of action have made America the richest
nation in the world." - Earl Prevette, How to Turn your Ability into Cash.
AMERICANISM: Except for the United States, other governments in other countries and
throughout the ages, were formed either on the rights of Gods, Pharaohs, Kings,
majorities, minorities, the aristocracy, the proletariat, the poor, the rich or what-have-
you. America was the only country that was formed in principle ( if not consistently in
practice ) on the rights of the individual. - Unfortunately, we have moved away from
freedom and individualism. The name of the game today is: coercion and collectivism..."
- Eugene Guccione, Sept. 76, National Press Club, Canberra.
AMERICANISM: For example, the non-whites in North-Carolina alone own more
automobiles than all the people in Russia..." - Leonard E. Read: The Love of Liberty, p.
90. - When I left Germany, back in 1959, the average German had less of a chance to go
to college than the average Negro had then in the U.S.A. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
AMERICANISM: How have Americans been using their energies for a hundred years?
What is the meaning of this Republic in history, but an unprecedented fury of human
energy, attacking the non-human world, and making this earth more habitable for human
beings? - Swiftly, in 70 years, Americans have built defences against darkness - from
pine-knots and candles to kerosene lamps, gas jets, electric bulbs, neon lights, fluorescent
tubes. In my lifetime, Americans have created astounding defences against weather -
from fireplace and stove to furnaces, radiators, automatic oil-burners, insulation, air-
conditioning. - Americans made the stupendous attack on Space: steamboats, railroads,
subways, automobiles, planes, stratosphere flying, inter-planetary rockets. And on Time:
telegraph, trans-oceanic cables, telephones, radio, television. - In less than one century,
human energy - only in these States and on the western rim of Europe - has made such a
terrific attack on the enemies of human life that it has created the whole modern world." -
Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, VIII.
AMERICANISM: I can now comprehend the fact that there is no possibility of freedom
in this Country. It‟s too late. Call me a bad American, but I am ashamed and hang my
head low when I think of what America has become. … The experiment is over, freedom
lost, tyranny won.‖ – Mike Wasdin, 9.7.04. - Only the American territorial State &
federation model has failed and its governmental bill of rights and all too statist
constitution. From an all-over view of all the possibilities of liberty and rights, the
American Revolution has barely begun! Its revolutionaries haven't taken their revolution,
their ideas, principles, opinions and institutions seriously enough - to quite critically
examine them, and then change them or abolish or supplement them, as required. And in
this there should have been no monopoly for anyone. All kinds of voluntary groups
should have been free to complete the revolution as they saw fit, for themselves and
should be free to do so now. That kind of revolution was never even attempted in the U.S.
never even seriously and publicly discussed! - Worshipping, instead, the original
constitution and its founding fathers is not a good enough substitute. Even that
constitution is only good enough for volunteers! - J.Z., 26. 11. 06. - AMERICAN
AMERICANISM: I care not who or where he is or about his creed, colour, race,
nationality; he has as much right to be his creative self as any person who lives. Thomas
Wolfe expressed this right-of-man concept in attractive prose: '... to every man his chance
- to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity - to every man his
right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his
vision can combine to make him – this ... is the promise of America.'" – Leonard E. Read,
Then Truth Will Out, p 39/40.
AMERICANISM: I sought for the greatness and genius of America in fertile fields and
boundless forests; it was not there. I sought for it in her free schools and her institutions
of learning; it was not there. I sought for it in her matchless Constitution and democratic
congress; it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and found them
aflame with righteousness, did I understand the greatness and genius of America.
America is great because America is good. When America ceases to be good, America
will cease to be great." - Read, The Coming Aristocracy, p.79, with a quote ascribed to A.
Tocqueville, but which he could not place, either. - The Estonian constitution, before
WW II, was supposedly the best in the world with regard to minority rights, according to
a research done by friends of Ulrich von Beckerath. I have not seen a copy or translation
of it, as yet. Perhaps it is forgotten even there, since by now the Russians who settled
there, have become a disadvantaged minority, with no exterritorial autonomy being
offered to them - as far as press reports go. - I found the "righteousness" among the
faithful to be rather confused, confusing and all too incomplete. - Many liberties and
rights, taken for granted, even before the U.S. were established, and their corresponding
institutions and opportunities, which, in parts, persisted for a long time, have probably
contributed more to what may be ascribed a pro-freedom and justice character of original
Americans who had immigrated from Europe, as well as that of the earlier immigrants,
than their various religious faiths and cults. Like the Reformation in Europe, religious
liberty at best provided only a model for other liberties and freedom institutions. - I
suspect also that there was, an early and relative abundance of pro-freedom and pro-
natural rights writings, most of them long out of print, but relatively wide-spread and read
by the early Americans. The American literature to 1820 is supposed to be fully available
in microprint and on microfilm. So far I have not seen a listing of these offers. This body
of literature has as much formed "the American mind" in the best sense, as the statist
literature of our times, in its abundance and spread, has formed what is now the all too
mixed-up and contradictory "American Mind" or mindlessness, which has come all too
far away from the better visions of the American Dream. - J.Z., 23.1.93.
AMERICANISM: I'm proud to be an American, but ashamed of U.S. governments." -
Stormy Mon, Imagine Freedom, No. 10. p. 102. - Being proud means having had
something to do with the establishment of American liberties. Being ashamed would
mean that one would be responsible for the actions of the U.S. Government. Stormy Mon,
to my knowledge, has only attempted to preserve and extend the remaining liberties. -
J.Z., 25.1.93.
AMERICANISM: In a word, the whole force of public opinion in America is directed to
teaching its people how to push. Our public opinion, on the contrary, seems to be
concerned with teaching our people how to lean." – Sir Ernest Benn, Confessions of a
Capitalist, p.207. – By now it is just another ―Welfare State‖ and also a ―Warfare State‖.
– J.Z., 5.11.08.
AMERICANISM: In frontier America... the lovers of life had the land largely to
themselves. - As persons who valued their own lives, they realized that to violate the life
of another ( J.Z.: except red and black and yellow skinned people! ) would give to that
other a licence to respond in kind. Thus a new ethic arose among the pioneers - the ethic
not of force and fraud, but of trade." - PHILOLOGOS, Oct. 76. - A semi-blind ethics! -
J.Z., 25.1.93.
AMERICANISM: Individual initiative! Capitalism! Personal freedom! Private property!
Individual responsibility! The free market! These were the principles and practices
Tocqueville saw in America. He further describes the superiority of individual endeavour
as opposed to governmental action: 'When a private individual meditates an undertaking,
however directly connected it may be with the welfare of society, he never thinks of
soliciting the co-operation of the government; but he publishes his plan, offers to execute
it, courts the assistance of other individuals, and struggles manfully against all obstacles.
Undoubtedly, he is often less successful than the state might have been in his position;
but in the end, the sum of these private undertakings far exceeds all that the government
could have done.‘‖ - R. G. Bearce, in THE FREEMAN, 1/76, quoting Toqueville:
Democracy in America, p. 70.
AMERICANISM: Is America basically a Christian country? - No. It's basically a country
for religious liberty and freedom of action. That Christian churches and sects are most
numerous among the faithful there, does not change that basic nature. If the majority
were followers of Muhammad or Buddha instead, it would still be basically a country of
religious liberty, even for atheists, agnostics, rationalists and humanists. - J.Z.,
AMERICANISM: It is not American for government to hold people down, not to hold
people up, not to hold people." - J. Kesner Kahn, quoted in: NEWS DIGEST
INTERNATIONAL, 9/84. - I would cut out the second and third "not". - J.Z.
AMERICANISM: Libertarians tend to fall into two opposing errors on the American
past: the familiar 'Golden Age' view of the right-wing that everything was blissful in
America until some moment of precipitous decline (often dated 1933); and the deeply
pessimistic minority view that rejects the American past root and branch, spurning all
American institutions and virtually all of its thinkers except such late nineteenth-century
individualist anarchists as Benjamin R. Tucker and Lysander Spooner. The truth is
somewhere in between: America was never the golden 'land of the free' of the
conservative-libertarian legend, and yet it managed for a very long time to be freer, in
institutions and in intellectual climate, than any other land. - Colonial America did not
set out deliberately to be the land of the free. On the contrary, it began in a tangle of
tyranny, special privilege, and vast land monopoly. Territories were carved out either as
colonies subject directly to the English Crown, or as enormous land grabs for privileged
companies or eudal proprietors. What defeated these despotic and feudal thrusts into the
new territory was, at bottom, rather simple: the vastness of the fertile and uninhabited
land ( Not quite uninhabited! - J.Z. ) that lay waiting to be settled. Not only relative
freedom, but even outright anarchist institutions grew up early in the interstices between
the organized, despotic English colonies." - Murray N. Rothbard, Individualist
Anarchism in the U.S.: Origins, LIBERTARIAN ANALYSIS, Winter 70, p. 14.
AMERICANISM: Limitless in Application. This American individualism is neither
selfishly personal nor narrowly nationalistic. As a matter of fact, Americanism goes
Internationalism one better. Americanism seeks not merely a community of nations but a
world wide community of men whose God-given unalienable rights and whose
intrinsically worthwhile human personalities are respected and protected by all of the
institutions of this earth, but particularly by governments and states. (*) Moreover,
Americanism is ready with acceptable proofs to show that its grand ideal is no wild,
impractical hallucination. To the Communists, who charge that this doctrine produces
merely 'pie in the sky', Americanism answers that in its short, active life to date, it has
exalted the spirits of hundreds of millions of men, who all the while were better housed,
better fed, better clothed (**) and better paid (***) than men have ever been before in
the long history of the world." - Clarence Manion, The Key to Peace, p.57. – (*) As if
territorial governments and states could do this! – (**) Rather: who housed, fed and
clothed themselves better! – (***) The means of payment, governmental legal tender
paper money, has for all too long been the same as that demanded and practised by
totalitarian communists. – J.Z.
AMERICANISM: Nothing more clearly illustrates the diametric opposition of
Communism to Americanism than this apparent similarity of their ultimate ends.
'Communism would establish a peaceful classless society of proletarians by killing off all
enemy classes. Americanism dissolves class conflicts by indoctrinating each man and
thereby diffusing through all men the true concept of human brotherhood.' - Communism
sees human life as a battlefield of irreconcilable 'group' interests. Americanism
proclaims that human life is a common ground upon which the moral claims and duties
of each man are to be reconciled with the reciprocal claims and duties of every other
man. Communism is a philosophy of Hate. Americanism is a basic lesson in love. One is
a blueprint for peace through violence; the other is a formula for individual freedom in
the exercise of peaceful and mutual self-restraint." - Clarence Manion, The Key to Peace,
AMERICANISM: Oscar and Mary Handlin thus define the 'free American' as the man
who wants 'to expand his capacity for action by increasing the number of choices
available to him.'" - B. R. Barber, Superman and Common Man, on page 74, quoting
authors of The Dimensions of Liberty, p. 157. - Judging by the tiny number of orders for
my On Panarchy fiche, there are hardly any such Americans left! - J.Z., 25.1.93.
AMERICANISM: Paradoxically, the United States is one of the least racist countries in
the world today." - Jean-Francois Revel, Without Marx or Jesus. - Why paradoxical?
Because many leftists accused it of racism, while remaining indifferent to much worse
racism elsewhere! - J.Z.
AMERICANISM: Regardless of the beauty of its shape and design, an empty glass offers
no consolation to a desperate thirsty man. In like manner, the American form of
government, when emptied of its substantial element of personal rights and personal
justice, is stripped of every logical excuse for its continued existence." - Clarence
Manion, The Key to Peace, p.39. - Let it continue for its remaining voluntary members,
no matter how ignorant, prejudiced and foolish they may be. But let all others opt out to
realize their ideals of Americanism - or other isms, among themselves. - In the following
quote he is, alas, back in the world of mere "floating abstractions" rather than practical
blueprints and options. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
AMERICANISM: Summarily stated, the ideas of the Americans were these: an original,
pre-political state of nature, in which men are free and equal; a contractual procedure by
which the free and equal individuals establish government for their joint and several
welfare; a body of rights in every individual secure under all circumstances from denial
by the government; the indefeasible sovereignty of the people, expressed ultimately in the
right of revolution; the restriction of all governmental organs by reciprocal checks and
balances and by the careful prescriptions of a written constitution." - W. A. Dunning,
Political Theories, From Rousseau to Spencer, p.92. - Here he overlooks at least the
militia, the traditional jury system and what some Americans considered the "right of
banking". - J.Z., 25.1.93.
AMERICANISM: The American family has more material things than has the Chinese
or Indian or Russian family because the American worker produces more." - Curtiss, The
Tariff Idea, p.20.
AMERICANISM: The greatest outburst of creative energy ever known - the American
miracle!" - Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 11/74. - By now, through high respect for
learning and technology and for the creative energy even of ordinary workers in their
workplace, we should have come to speak of a Japanese Miracle, too. After W.W. II,
even through its still all too limited degrees of economic freedom, West Germany, too,
advanced so fast that it was called an economic miracle. I was told that recovery of
Germany from the Seven Years' War was faster. Possibly, because by then less restrictive
laws had accumulated and the currencies were more honest? If the mass of facts and
figures on the effects of legislative restrictions and their repeals upon economic
developments, were fed into a supercomputer system, it could soon demonstrate
overwhelming co-relationships between rapid development with the degrees of liberty
obtained and of stagnation and relapses with a multiplication of legislated and other
restrictions. However, already Herbert Spencer suggested such a survey in vain. The
economic literature as it is, embracing ten-thousands of volumes, mostly of writings
opinionated in favour of statism, cannot provide such an enlightenment but merely
supports current confusions and ignorance, prejudices and myths. One might as well
expect enlightenment in the religious sphere to come from perusing the endless volumes
of sermons that accumulated, many of which have been microfilmed. Even the
Freethinker, rationalist, atheist, agnostic and humanist literature has become
overwhelmingly large. Its essences ought to become more distilled than was so far the
case. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
AMERICANISM: The greatness of America lies in the independence of the people from
the government." - John Hospers, on Rose Wilder Lane, LIBERTARIAN REVIEW,
April 78. – That independence did never go far enough and so we got the present and all
too powerful American governments. - J.Z., 5.11.08.
AMERICANISM: There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The
one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of
its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling
nationalities.‖ - Teddy Roosevelt, Speech before the Knights of Columbus. -
Territorialism creates problems, not exterritorial autonomy! Compulsory integration and
uniformity arouses opposition, factionalism and party rule, not voluntary segregation,
separatism, diversity or integration. One nation, one territory, one law, one leader, one
system – is a kind of war declaration against all dissenters. Faction strife arises only when
factions try to rule each other instead of only themselves. – J.Z., 4.1.08. – We should
allow the full range of hyphenated Americanism to be applied, all versions only among
their voluntary adherents. – J.Z., 3.11.08. - TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIAL
AMERICANISM: There was pride in being American, not because it was a great,
beautiful place, but because it was a beautiful idea- and ideas everyone could embrace
because it allowed everything possible to all people in a creative atmosphere of ordered
peace.) It was the idea that each individual has an importance that transcends the
imposed will of anyone else, whether singly or in a group, and should therefore be free to
pursue his interests so long as he doesn't interfere with the rights of others to do the
same." - Joan Marie Leonard, America - A Time, Not a Place, THE FREEMAN, Jan. 77,
pp 5/6. - However, individual sovereignty was not recognized to the extent of granting
individual the right to secede and the personal law option under exterritorial autonomy, in
their self-chosen communities. - J.Z., 25.1.93. Under that territorialism too many other
statist authoritarian and monopolistic features were retained, for a while even slavery and
the expropriation and repression of native tribes. – J.Z., 5.11.08.
AMERICANISM: This American Animal ... he is not a politician... He is not a 100%
American... He has no decided faith or religion... He hasn't denounced anything... It
looks to me like he is just an Animal that has being going along, believing in right, doing
right, tending to his own business, letting the other fellow alone." - Will Rogers. –Alas,
even the freedom-loving Americans have not yet produced a complete and ideal
declaration of individual rights and liberties. – J.Z., 5.11.08.
AMERICANISM: Uncle Sam and John Bull: "If all my arrangements are not exactly as
you like - well, the Government or the Universities or the trade unions or some other very
learned people will devise fresh Ministries or new schemes to put everything right for
you." - That is what John Bull seemed to me to be saying to his working-man son. Then I
turned the other ear and heard Uncle Sam, and this is what I thought I heard him saying
to his worker son: "You are a man; you are as good as any other man; you can do
anything that any other man can do if you will try. The world depends upon you just as
much as it depends upon anybody else. If you fail, the world fails to that extent; if you
succeed, the world succeeds the better. Therefore, be efficient, be healthy, and, above all,
be quick. Remember, America is to lead mankind, and you are an American citizen." – Sir
Ernest Benn, Confessions of a Capitalist, 207.
AMERICANISM: We have examined this American formula in specification and detail.
At this point we need only to recall that the substance of the formula is 'continuous, strict
and closely guarded limitations upon the power of government.' - Neither the peril of war
nor the promise of welfare must ever serve to relax any time of this formula unless we are
prepared to subject ourselves to the perverted dehumanised conditions of slavery." -
Clarence Manion, The Key to Peace, p.65. - It seems to me that his general formula
would as well apply to the powers of a corrective services department as to the remaining
few liberties and powers of the prisoners in their charge. Without introducing some real
substance into the limitations, like untouchable individual rights and responsibilities, such
formulas seem to be as useless as "lawful" or "law and order". With the "limited" powers
left to the U.S. governments, they have managed to invalidate almost every point of the
Bill of Rights Amendments to the Constitution. Neither Conservatives nor Liberals,
Republicans or Democrats, Libertarians or Anarchists like to talks or write much about
limiting governments through well and rightfully organized, trained, enlightened, armed,
autonomous and self-mobilising volunteer militias. - Even monetary and financial
freedom is still insufficiently discussed by them – and the concept of rights, natural law,
individual rights and all the implications of individual sovereignty and voluntary
associationism, e.g. exterritorial autonomy. Seeing such insufficient interests and
theories, we should not be surprised about unsatisfactory practices by the least
enlightened and most numerous groups and minorities and, naturally, majorities. - J.Z.,
AMERICANISM: What is called the American way of life is the result of the fact that the
U.S. has put fewer obstacles in the way of saving and capital accumulation than other
nations." – Ludwig von Mises, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 9/75, p. 530.
AMERICANS: … the Americans, who are but a vast, undisciplined tangle of conflicting
nationalities and ideologies …‖ - Ingo Swann, Star Fire, Sphere Book Edition 1978, p.
342. – Let them sort themselves out, peacefully and that requires here: without any
territorial interventions. XYZ different panarchies, all only of volunteers, could release
all their creative energies much better than their Constitution ever did, allowing each
group of volunteers to do its own things for or to itself, in peaceful competition with all
other such societies and communities. This would work in the sphere of political,
economic and social systems as well as it does already in all other spheres where it is free
to do so. – J.Z., 10.9.08. – PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIALISM VS.
AMIABILITY: ... few are more difficult to hurdle than the attitude: AGREE WITH ME
OR BE DAMNED! True, we seldom put the sentiment in these words, but this is precisely
the meaning of that rancour or ill-feeling which follows on the heels of a disagreement.
Amiability in the face of disagreements is a rare human trait.‖ – Leonrd E. Read, Let
AMIABILITY: It is not agreement among ourselves that we should seek but, rather, an
amiability in our countless differences - without which we could not exist. Whether this
stance or attitude can be achieved depends on an ability to discipline our animal instincts
and to look at the matter rationally, as human beings.‖ - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: There is no denying that Amnesty International does
much good in freeing some individuals and in drawing some attention to their oppressors.
But this world needs more liberation than it needs more mere "amnesty". Its aim is
simply not set high enough. It is like the underground railway against slavery. It helped
quite a few slaves escape - but it did not end slavery. - J.Z., 14.9.85, 28.1.93.
AMUSEMENTS: Life - a condition that would be tolerable but for its amusements." -
Adapted from G. B. Shaw by L. L. Levinson. - Why look down intolerantly upon
amusements of others, with inclinations towards prohibiting them, when participation and
avoidance of them is quite left up to individuals? At least in this private sphere we do
have already voluntarism, autonomy and exterritorial choices and personal law rules. I
can only wish that soon we can similarly amuse ourselves with our favourite political,
economic and social systems, institutions, games and dreams, - i.e., without disturbing
those of any self-responsible, peaceful and similarly active dissenter, enjoying the society
or government of his dreams. - Shaw, obviously, was not amused when many other
people found his state socialist notions only amusing to ridiculous. They rather amused
themselves with other games, which they preferred for themselves. Intolerant utopians all
expect us to take their utopias serious for ourselves, instead of them being satisfied with
the opportunity to take their utopias serious for themselves only. With freedom to
experiment, for all the early state socialists as well, they could not have grown so
powerful and could not have done as much harm to whole populations and for whole
decades, as they have done. - J.Z., 25.1.93. – PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE,
ANALOGIES: Analogies prove nothing, that is quite true, but they can make one feel
more at home." - Sigmund Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis. -
Moreover, they can promote thinking and understanding. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANALOGIES: Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we
have." - Samuel Butler, Notebooks: Music, Pictures and Books, 1912. - One has to have a
chance, when attempting to communicate any idea that is new to other people, to latch on
to some of their ideas and experiences. Analogies do often make this possible. Free, i.e.
exterritorially autonomous experiments among volunteers would be even less misleading.
ANALOGIES: To think in analogies should not be blamed. The analogy has the
advantage that it does not finalize anything and does not even want to come to the last
conclusion.‖ … - Goethe, Sprueche in Prosa. – J.Z. tr. of: ―Nach Analogien denken ist
nicht zu schelten; die Analogie hat den Vorteil, dass sie nicht abschliesst undeigentlich
nichts Letztes will; … ―
ANARCH!: What does it mean? Say what you mean. A single word is usually not
enough. A little too much of too little! - J.Z., 25.1.93. – Painting a big A in a circle is
even worse. How much enlightenment on anarchism has this symbol spread? – J.Z.,
ANARCHIES: Anarchy‟ is an expression of social behavior that reflects the
individualized nature of life. Only as living beings are free to pursue their particular
interests in the unique circumstances in which they find themselves, can conditions for
the well-being of all be attained. Anarchy presumes decentralized and cooperative
systems that serve the mutual interests of the individuals comprising them, without the
systems ever becoming their own reasons for being. It is this thinking, and the practices
that result therefrom, that is alone responsible for whatever peace and order exists in
society.‖ - Butler Shaffer, The Wizards of Ozymandias, chapter 60. - PANARCHIES
ANARCHISM AND ECONOMICS: Anarchist economics is outstanding in most cases -
by its absence. What we get instead, from such "anarchists", is "anti-economics" or "neo-
comics", as Dr. H. G. Pearce called it. - J.Z., 21.8.00.
ANARCHISM FOR ANARCHISTS. Any other ism for those favouring it. - J.Z., 1974.
ANARCHISM is essentially individualism and group voluntarism or voluntary
associationism, not egalitarianism or decentralisation or abolition of property or of money
or any other sensible or senseless aim that anarchists strive for because they also happen
to believe in it. - J.Z., 26.3.91, 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM, NO GOVERNMENT: … if I am pushed, I would admit to wanting
virtually NO government.‖ - Thomas Paine, 1792, from The Rights of Man.
ANARCHISM: "Propertarian anarchism" - - L. Neil Smith, The Probability Broach,
1980,p.129. - First use of the term? - PROPERTARIAN ANARCHISM
ANARCHISM: ... a school of thought which teaches that social cooperation of men
could be achieved without compulsion or coercion." – Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent
Government, 48.
ANARCHISM: ... all authority over man is unjust, that if individuals are left absolutely
free to associate themselves as they see fit, all individuals and groups will, responding to
natural impulses of sympathy and mutual aid, act in mutual helpfulness & in respect for
the interests of one another. Under his view, discord in society is due only to the
perverting influence of the unnatural and unjust restrictions inherent in the system of
political authority (and private property)." - W.A. Dunning, A History of Political
Theories, Recent Times, 113, on Kropotkin.
ANARCHISM: ... an anarchism in the field of opinion"..."Anarchism merely generalised
this to the field of action." - Don Werkheiser, 27.12.90. - But it should be only for those
who want it for themselves. Physical training might be good for all. But should it be
imposed upon anyone? - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: ... RESISTANCE took the stance that anarchism is not so much a
political theory as it is a feeling of confidence regarding the social potential of people." -
David Thoreau Wiek, in: Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.545. - In one way at least,
regarding their beloved rulers, the non-anarchists seem to have much more and quite
unwarranted confidence regarding the social potential of people. - Regarding these rulers
it has been said: "No one is good enough to rule another one without his consent." - At
most we are able to rule ourselves well enough and to set an example to others. - J.Z.,
ANARCHISM: ... strives for the free, unhindered unfolding of the individual and social
forces in life." - Rudolf Rocker.
ANARCHISM: ... the denial of all human and 'divine' authority over the individual
person." - Mark A. Sullivan, writing on Labadie. ( J. or L. Labadie? )
ANARCHISM: ... the philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by
man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are
therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary." - Emma Goldman, as quoted by
Fred Woodworth in his booklet "Anarchism". - "... but the idea of Anarchism - that
human society would be better off not having governments - did not originate with Emma
Goldman, or, properly speaking, any other single person we are today aware of. There
have been people of a more or less anarchistic leaning in every era and place, although
the actual word 'anarchy', compounded out of Greek root-words meaning 'without rule',
was coined comparatively recently." - Fred Woodworth: Anarchism. - As a popular term
for "chaos" or "disorder", ―anarchy‖ is much older and this meaning still predominates in
public opinion, in spite of all anarchistic propaganda to spread the anarchistic
interpretation of anarchy as representing natural order through natural liberties. Seeing
that this anarchist propaganda was so ineffective for so long, against a common or
popular understanding and use of the term "anarchy", other terms, less likely to be
misunderstood, would seem advisable. - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: … anarchism is the doctrine which contends that the government is the
source of most of our social troubles and that there are viable alternative forms of social
organization.‖ – George Woodcock, Anarchism: A Historical Introduction, in The
Anarchist Reader, Fontana Original, 1977, p.11. – Did Woodcock ever discuss
exterritorial autonomy options and their peaceful coexistence even with such options for
statists? – Or did he have only in mind a free competition between various anarchistic
groups and communities? - J.Z., 21.9.08. - GOVERNMENT, ALTERNATIVE
ANARCHISM: A free man ( 1945: THE ANARCHIST ) achieves victory and establishes
the free society merely by holding to a natural and free life. It is not necessary for him to
defeat anybody. If he is creative, he wins. If he resists and suffers, he wins. ( J.Z.: ??? ) ...
The free man does not strive to dominate organizations but to act within natural groups,
which are significant for him. Human beings act predominantly in groups.‖ - Paul
Goodman, in Blankertz/Goodman, Staatlichkeitswahn, retranslated into English. -
ANARCHISM: A free market in every respect - as an institutionalised anarchistic or
panarchistic and thus voluntaristic and exterritorial framework for all kinds of societies
and communities, even governmental and States as well, as long as they confine
themselves to exterritorial autonomy for their own volunteers. – No territorial powers any
more to anyone over any dissenters. - J.Z., 13.9.91, 25.1.93, 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: A system of social organization „holding all forms of governmental
authority to be unnecessary and undesirable‟.‖ - Erwin S. Strauss, quoting a dictionary,
in THE CONNECTION No. 84. - This still does not offer an anarchist solution to the
problem posed by those who do consider authority to be necessary and desirable at least
for themselves - and against those who would attack them. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: A wise man neither suffers himself to be governed, no attempts to govern
others." - La Bruyere, Les Caracteres.
ANARCHISM: All state coercion, all state classes, should be abolished. - For dissenters
that is correct. For consenting ―victims‖ it would be a further and unasked-for
victimisation. They would be expelled from their statist utopia and deported into a free
society they do not know and are afraid of and thus would not choose for themselves.
Why be so cruel to dumb animals? - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: An anarchist organization must (allow for) complete autonomy, and
independence, and therefore full responsibility, for individuals and groups; (*) free
agreement between those who think it useful to come together for cooperative action, for
common aims; a moral duty to fulfil one's pledges and to take no action contrary to the
accepted program. On such bases then one introduces practical forms and suitable
instruments to give real life to the organization. Thus the groups, the federation of
groups, the federations of federations, meetings, congresses, correspondence committees
and so on. But all this must be done freely, in such a way as not to restrict the thought
and the initiative of individual members, but only to give greater scope to the efforts
which in isolation would be impossible or ineffective." - Errico Malatesta, Il Risveglio,
Oct. 15, 1927. - - (*) For itself and for all other volunteer groups, not only anarchistic or
libertarian ones. – J.Z., n.d. )
ANARCHISM: An anarchist program can be put quite briefly - the abolition of
institutionalised power or control from the top over people. (*) It is, in this, very specific
as to what it is against. It is less specific in what it is for - any sort of voluntary,
participatory social organizations. It is perhaps more important at this period to
emphasise what the various schools of anarchist thought oppose rather than what they
want. - Now that religion has largely declined from a position of imperial power to one of
personal preference, the single most important form of the power that anarchists oppose
is the nation State. (**) Corporate capitalism and state socialism are its most highly
developed and all embracing forms. ( ***) Imperialism is simply this same power moving
outward. That is theory." - Karl Hess, LIBERTARIAN ANALYSIS, Winter 70, p. 57. - -
It is not even theory, which is at least somewhat backed up by facts. It is merely a false
hypothesis. - All such statements should be systematically criticised and re-stated, as
often as desired or necessary. Micrographically or electronically this could be done
cheaply and fast enough. - - (*) J.Z.: In other words, exterritorial and voluntaristic -
governments and States would be left or could be established still. - - (**) Not the nation
state of personal preference! - - (***) Mrs. Chisholm: ―Nothing but what is voluntary
deserves the name national.‖ - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism ... advocates the abolition of all government as we today
understand the term, save that originating in voluntary cooperation." - Encyclopaedia
Americana, 1959. - Why do most anarchists ignore the second part of that definition, in
its application to the vast majority of the remaining archists? - J.Z., 25.1.93. – Any
government based upon unanimous consent would also be a kind of anarchy – because in
it no one would be ruled against his will. To that extent rule over others would be
abolished! – Statism for statists only! Anarchism for anarchists only! Any other ism only
for its adherents! - J.Z., 5.11.08. – VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE,
ANARCHISM: Anarchism advocates the dissolution of the State into social and market
arrangements, and these arrangements are far more flexible and less predictable than
political institutions. The most that we can do, then, is to offer broad guidelines and
perspectives on the shape of a projected anarchist society..." - Murray Rothbard,
LIBERTARIAN FORUM, 1/75. - Did he anywhere and in detail discuss the possibilities
of exterritorial autonomy for anarchists and archists alike? - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism and egalitarianism don't mix very well - except on a quite
voluntary and exterritorial basis. - J.Z., 16.4.02. – EGALITARIANISM, COMMUNISM,
ANARCHISM: Anarchism covers a wide spectrum of different beliefs. The following
lists makes no claim to be complete: Anarchism of drug addicts. Anarchism of
homosexuals. Anarchism of sexual liberationists. Anarchism of the ignorant. Anarchism
of the prejudiced. Anarchism of criminals and their sympathisers. Anarchism of the
coercive equalisers. Anarchism of the property prohibitionists. Anarchism of enemies of
money. Anarchism or the enemies of interest. Anarchism of specific land reformers.
Anarchism of the Egoists. Anarchism of the Altruists. Anarchism of religious believers.
Anarchism of the Strong. Anarchism of the Moralists. Anarchism of the human rights
advocates. Band-wagon anarchists, saying provocatively: I'm an anarchist, too, without
knowing anything about it or wanting to know. The Sign writing anarchists, as if only the
circled A (A) would be significant, Anti-police ( Bullen, Pigs ) anarchists, Anarchism of
those ignorant of economics and disdainful of it, Anarchism of artists, Anarchism of
panarchists, Youth revolt anarchists, Circus Anarchists. More commonly used terms are
individualist anarchist, syndicalist anarchist, communist anarchist, philosophical
anarchist, anarcho-capitalist, market anarchist. Add your own favourite terms to this
spectrum. - Compare the anarchist spectrum on the
ANARCHISM: Anarchism for the anarchists. According to you that should be
punishment enough. - J.Z., 2/75. – PANARCHISM, TO EACH HIS OWN SYSTEM.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism for the perfect man is not seriously contested, only anarchism
for the imperfect man is. It would be less provocative, if anarchism were only proposed
for those who want it and would remain avoidable for those who don't. Whatever stage of
development anybody might be in at present, such a condition could only help to directly
or indirectly improve him further. Whoever is imperfect enough to aggress against others
must be effectively resisted, forcefully or non-violently, i.e., to that extent he must be
ruled over or governed. Archies and anarchies would have the same task and could not
always solve it by wishful thinking and non-violent means, no matter how hard they tried.
Anarchism is not a design for criminals and their aggressions. But it would allow them to
do their things to themselves, i.e. to consenting victims. Like a group of card--players
who like cheating each other. Only the others, the peaceful and honest ones, however
imperfect they might otherwise still be, can be free of government ( apart from their self-
defence organization or organisations ) or could have only the kind of government or
society they want for themselves. - J.Z., 23.6.87.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is as much an individually preferred point of view and
lifestyle as is atheism and should be similarly tolerant towards those who are tolerant of
it.‖ - J.Z., 13.1.81.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is law and freedom without coercion." ( „Anarchismus ist
Gesetz und Freiheit ohne Gewalt.― ) - Augustin Souchy.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is neither left nor right nor any middle of the road idealism or
materialistic religion or anti-religion. Instead, it is concerned with freedom for
individuals and their voluntary groups, with un-coerced actions of all kinds, whatever
they may be and whoever wants to engage in them, as long as they are undertaken only at
the own risk and expense. – J.Z., 3.9.98.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is no problem, if freed of its archist - authoritarian and
totalitarian because territorialist - remaining traces - but anti-anarchism is a problem at
least for anarchists, if it is territorially enforced. - J.Z., 4.6.82, 25.1.93, 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is not "... a fixed, self-enclosed system, but rather a definite
trend in the historical development of mankind, which, in contrast with the intellectual
guardianship of all clerical and government institutions, strives for the free unhindered
unfolding of all the individual and social forces in life..." - Rudolph Rocker, in his work
Anarcho-Syndicalism, as quoted by Noam Chomsky in Notes on Anarchism.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is not a repudiation of social discipline but rather an
assumption of humanitarian responsibility.‖ - Sholom Ash, LIBERTARIAN
ANALYSIS, I/4. – Genuine anarchists do not want to replace the ―Welfare State‖ by a
―Welfare Society‖. The disciplines of the free market, free enterprise, free trade, free
exchange, self-responsibility, the care for one‘s dependents, for one‘s own old age etc.,
achieves much more than ―humanitarian care‖ for all the remaining problems of all others
could achieve. What all others need most is more freedom, justice, peace, security and
they have largely to establish them themselves. We would help them most by supplying
them with better ideas for their self-help options. – J.Z., .11.08. - EGOISM,
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hard-headed realization, based
on 5,000 years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to
kings, priests, politicians, generals, and country commissioners.‖ - Edward Abbey, 1927-
1989, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness. - SELF-RULE, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is not anarchy. It is against existing social and political
systems, but it proposes to replace them with some form of ordered, decentralized,
individualistic community cooperation." - Paul Goodman, N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE,
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is not just adopting a negative stance: "We have something
very tangible to offer, - something very rational, practical, and easy of application. We
offer cooperation. We offer non-compulsive organization... We offer every possible
method of voluntary social union by which men and women may act together for the
furtherance of well-being." - Benjamin Tucker. - He was one of the all too few tolerant
anarchists, so tolerant that they were panarchists. - J.Z., 25.1.93. – Non-compulsive or
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is not normative. It does not say how to be free. It says only
that freedom, liberty can exist.‖ - Karl Hess, DANDELION, Spring 80.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is not the doctrine of no subordination; it is the doctrine that
none but the invasive should be subordinated." - Benjamin R. Tucker, LIBERTY 339, 16
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is the denial of force against any peaceable individual.‖ -
associate, had turned this slogan into a sticker. – J.Z.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is the hammer-idea, smashing the chains. Liberty is what
results and, in liberty, everything is up to people and their ideologies.‖ - Karl Hess,
Dandelion, Spring 80. - Here he comes close to panarchism. - J.Z.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is the ideal of a society without coercion, a society where
membership in all organizations is voluntary.‖ - Larry Gambone, TOTAL LIBERTY,
Autumn 98. - Some, but all too few anarchists are also tolerant enough to be panarchists,
at least by their general definitions of anarchism. - J.Z., 1.2.02. - COERCION,
ANARCHISM: Anarchism is the thesis that government is an unnecessary evil." - Peter
Crosby, The Utopia of Competition, in THE PERSONALIST. Date?
ANARCHISM: Anarchism must mean liberty first, liberty second, liberty always.‖ -
Larry Gambone, ANY TIME NOW, No. 5, Winter 1998. - Instead of liberty one might
say here: voluntarism or individual sovereignty or exterritorial autonomy. - It means
"equality" or "socialism", "communism" or "capitalism" or "collectivism" or
"propertarianism" only for those who make these features their individual or group
choices within a general framework of individual liberty and rights. - To the extent that
these individual or group choices are the primary thing for those who call themselves still
"anarchists" and to the extent that they are not prepared to allow others to make other
choices for themselves, including governmental ones, to that extent they are not
anarchists, individualists, voluntaryists and tolerant and non-authoritarian people but
have joined the hordes of aggressors, coercers, territorialists and invaders. - J.Z., 1.2.02. -
ANARCHISM: Anarchism offers the largest sphere for actions, also the widest limits for
tolerance of greatly varied human conduct.‖ - Solneman: Kurt Helmut Zube, 1905-1991,
ANARCHISM: Anarchism teaches that Government is an unnecessary evil. Human
beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behaviour, can cooperate
on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness. - THE MATCH, June 75.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from
the domination of religion (*); the liberation of the human body from the domination of
property (**); liberation from the shackles and restraint of government (***). Anarchism
stands for a social order based on the free groupings of individuals for the purpose of
producing real social wealth; an order that will guarantee to every human being free
access to the earth and full enjoyment of the necessities of life, according to individual
desires, tastes, and inclinations. (****) - Anarchism does not stand for military drill and
uniformity; it does, however, stand for the spirit or revolt, in whatever form, against
everything that hinders human growth. All anarchists agree in that, is they also agree in
their opposition to the political machinery (*****) as a means of bringing about the
great social change.‖ (*** ***) - Emma Goldman, Anarchism, 1910. – (*) There are
religious anarchists, too! - - (**) There are propertarian or individualist or philosophical
and cooperative anarchists, too! – - (***) That does not mean from a merely
exterritorially autonomous government that is desired for and by volunteers only. - -
(****) Who is to provide these and why should he? – Other anarchists have other ideals!
- - (*****) Really only the territorial State machinery! They never considered, in most
cases, a voluntaristic, exterritorial and freely competing one! - - (*** ***) Individual
people and different minority and majority groups, among the anarchists as well, desire
different great and small social changes and different combinations and degrees of them.
- J.Z., n.d.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism wants to abolish every rule of man over man. That is the
common notion of anarchism among anarchists. But what about rule over volunteers?
This is then no longer any imposed rule of man over man but, rather, an asked-for rule of
man over man and thus, no longer an objectionable domination over involuntary victims,
which anarchists want to resist and abolish. To take a sexual analogy: If no one should
dominate anyone, even if invited to do so, neither husband nor wife should ever to be on
top. They would only be permitted - sideways – or standing-up sexual relationships! Is
this the "lateral thinking" consensus of anarchists? - J.Z., 25.1.93. – VOLUNTARISM,
ANARCHISM: Anarchism without free market economics might lead only to
authoritarian and intolerant utopianism. - J.Z. 23.10.91, 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism without freedom economics amounts not only to nothing as
far as progressive societal relationships are concerned but even to a minus, a
disadvantage, that of voluntary or imposed communism, or enslavement, both
impoverishing and preventing development. – J.Z., 11.6.97, 21.9.08. – FREE SOCIETY,
ANARCHISM: Anarchism without some sound economics is mostly just a bunch of
sectarian beliefs. What counts as "sound" economics among the few anarchists interested
in it, is mostly just a bunch of sectarian beliefs, too. - J.Z., 14.12.91.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism without sound economics, i.e., free market economics, is a
farce and can amount only to temporary, authoritarian, oppressive and exploitative
utopias, fast leading to disappointments. – J.Z., 1.2.98, 21.9.08. - SOUND ECONOMICS
ANARCHISM: Anarchism, as Tucker defined it, is indistinguishable from the natural
sociability of human beings which leads them to cooperate with one another in the
realisation of mutual social ends when left free to do so.‖ - Reichert, Partisans of
Freedom, p.162.
ANARCHISM: Anarchism, primarily, is not an economic arrangement but a social
philosophy based upon the conclusion that man is happy and independent in proportion
to the freedom he experiences and can maintain." - Laurance Labadie, Selected Essays,
ANARCHISM: Anarchism, the doctrine that in all matters there should be the greatest
amount of individual liberty compatible with equality of liberty." - B. R. Tucker,
Individual Liberty, p. 251. - The minimum amount of individual liberty required,
compatible with equality of liberty is voluntary membership and exterritorial autonomy
of volunteers - no matter what these volunteers want to do among themselves. No one
who believes e.g. in freedom of expression, imagines that he has to fill his days with the
maximum practice of it, e.g. by continuously writing letters to the editor. The greatest
amount of individual liberty includes also the choices of voluntary limitations upon one's
liberties. These absolutist and generalised wordings always tend to lead us astray. – Their
flaws would be best shown by attempts to realize them in practice among volunteers, in
panarchies or polyarchies or free experiments under personal laws and full exterritorial
autonomy: panarchies under panarchism. - Egalitarianism might be adopted only in few
panarchies and even in them only for a while. The Founding Fathers of America soon got
sick of it. Most of them did actually starve, got sick and died under it. So they discarded
communism and adopted individual and family responsibilities and property rights and
from that time onward and to that extent they did prosper. – J.Z., 25.1.93. 5.11.08. –
ANARCHISM: Anarchist beliefs and convictions should not be accompanied by more
still more irrationality and irresponsibility than is already all too common today - but by
much less, if any at all. They should be recognizable and provable by reason and facts.
Anarchist actions should all be reasonable, just, peaceful and tolerant ones - towards all
reasonable, just, peaceful and tolerant people, who just doing their own things to and for
themselves, with their own property and labor. Anarchists and libertarian should
recognize and respect all the basic rights of others, even if, for themselves, the others do
make other than anarchist and libertarian choices. - J.Z., 24.7.00. , TOLERANCE,
ANARCHISM: Anarchists ... believe that all associations should be voluntary and free
from coercion." - Patricia Mills, THE MATCH, 2/75. - Including States. Which means,
they ought to have voluntary members only, which they would have once all individuals
and groups are free to secede from them. Moreover, their territorial sovereignties over
whole populations would have to be confined, like that of the secessionists and
voluntarily re-associated groups, to exterritorial autonomy under personal laws. In other
words, all institutions would have to become voluntaristic and competitive and subject to
private contracts, i.e., subject to individual sovereignty, here expressed as consumer
sovereignty, combined with free and competitive free enterprise ( including, naturally, all
kinds of cooperative, fraternal and other kinds of enterprises in the "government" sphere
). - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: Anarchists ... would reject both government and law, except to the extent
that they were voluntary." - WESTERN WORLD REVIEW NEWSLETTER, Nov. 71. -
And 22 years later I still disagree with its editor, Robert Sagehorn, on panarchism, with
him only favouring limited government for all. Have such sayings become meaningless
prayer verses for the believers, ritually and thoughtlessly repeated? - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: Anarchists have let themselves be tempted to preach, as the only cure a
coercive and irreconcilable resistance against all laws; and the immediate result of this
is that others welcome any tyranny which saves them from this kind of chaos. But there is
really no reason at all to leave only the choice between anarchy and tyranny.‖ – G. B.
Shaw, alas only in my rough translation of the German version: ―Die Anarchisten lassen
sich hinreissen, als das einzige Heilmittel gewaltsamen und unversoehnlichen Widerstand
gegen das Gesetz zu predigen; und das sofort eintretende Ergebnis besteht darin, dass
andere jede Tyranny willkommen heissen, die sie vom Chaos rettet. Aber es besteht
wirklich keine Veranlassung zur Wahl zwischen Anarchie und Tyrannei.― - DIS,
ANARCHISM: Anarcho-babble isn‘t any better than any other babble. – J.Z., 3.1.98. –
Bob James used to call some anarchists ―circus anarchists‖. It is the ―anarchism‖ of
clowns or fools or mere entertainers. – J.Z. 21.9.08. - CIRCUS ANARCHISTS
ANARCHISM: Anarchy is anti-government, anti-rulers, anti-dictators, anti-bosses and
drivers. Anarchy is the negation of force; the elimination of all authority in social affairs;
it is the denial of the right of domination of one man over another. It is the diffusion of
rights, of power, of duties, equally and freely among the people." - Albert Parsons,
courtroom speech, after being sentenced to hang for Haymarket Bombing, 1886.
ANARCHISM: Anarchy misunderstood. Sir, I write to protest about the present popular
lose usage of the term 'anarchy'. Throughout the present political wrangle, politicians
and pressmen have used the term as if anarchy was the antithesis of democracy and
liberty; as if it automatically implied disorder and violence. - There is nothing in the
concept of a society without a State that implies these ills - the traditional society of
Australian Aborigines was, for example, anarchical. Many would even argue that
anarchism is the only route to achieving a truly democratic and liberal society. However,
even people who oppose anarchism should treat it with as much respect as they would
capitalism or communism or socialism." - Andrew Metcalfe, East Lindfield, SYDNEY
ANARCHISM: Anarchy, as I see it, admits of any kind of organization, so long as
membership is not compulsory." - Joseph A. Labadie, quoted by James Martin, Men
Against the State, p.245. - PANARCHISM
ANARCHISM: Archism over all criminals. Anarchism for all non-invasive people. And
anarchists to be voluntarily organized for this. - J.Z., 1981, 25.1.93. - CRIME
ANARCHISM: As a fundamentalist and individualist anarchist I am interested in
voluntarism rather than egalitarianism. As an individualist and voluntarist, also as a
panarchist, I can tolerate communist anarchists, socialist libertarians, syndicalists etc.,
even statists, as long as they would leave me alone, as much as I would leave them alone,
each doing his own things to or for himself only and for like-minded people. - J.Z.,
12.3.01. - But there are too many intolerant, authoritarian and confiscatory (
expropriating, coercively egalitarian ), aggressive, occupying, marching, shouting,
vandalizing, sabotaging, violent, violently revolutionary, criminal and even disgusting
people ( e.g. pedophiles, or child abusers and abortionists, prepared to kill the most
innocent, their own unborn children! ) who call themselves "anarchists" and
"libertarians". - J.Z., 2.2.02. - INDIVIDUALIST ANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM,
ANARCHISM: As among all other kinds of writings, in the anarchist literature much
garbage is to be found as well. - J.Z., 28.9.90. - I am only too aware how flawed many of
my own wordings still are. But I am conscientiously and persistently trying to improve
them. - J.Z., 25.1.93. – ANARCHIST LITERATURE
ANARCHISM: Better two small groups advancing to the common aim, Anarchy, along
different paths, than a single and larger one made up of a majority and a minority, who
mutually hinder each other or even continuously accept only compromises." - St. Ch.
Waldecke, Gedanken ueber Anarchie, S.14. - Why let only anarchists advance in their
desired directions? - Experimental freedom, freedom of action, tolerance for all isms and
sects - that only want to do their own things to themselves, their own volunteers. - When
anarchists, now very small minorities, can only envision a future of anarchist
organizations, then their imagination is very limited, indeed. It is as if footballers could
only see the future of sport confined to football games. - J.Z., 25.1.93. – PANARCHISM,
ANARCHISM: But anarchism is not an ideological movement. It may well be. In a
concept of freedom it, they, you or we, anyone has the liberty to engage in ideology or
anything else that does not coerce others, denying their liberty. But anarchism is not an
ideological movement. It is an ideological statement. It says that all people have a
capacity for freedom. It says that all anarchists want liberty. And then it is silent. After
the pause of that silence, anarchists then mount the stages of their own communities and
history and proclaim THEIR, not anarchism's ideologies - they say how they, as
anarchists, will make arrangements, describe evens, celebrate life, work." - Karl Hess, -
DANDELION, Spring 80. - Here, again, he comes close to panarchism. Alas, it is rare to
find anarchism thus confined to essential features. Most are too much in love with
secondary choices to be able to do that. They are like religious people, unwilling to talk
and discuss and think about religious liberty but willing to endlessly study and preach
about their own particular religion and to practice their cults. - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: Communist anarchism is really a misleading term. Involved is only a
somewhat anti-authoritarian and decentralized communism that is only rarely advocated
as merely a desirable option for its volunteers but, instead, as a supposedly optimal and
exclusive system for whole populations, of territories or countries or even world-wide.
Towards all voluntaristic alternatives it has largely remained intolerant, precluding all
voluntaristic alternatives to it, with the exception of the religiously motivated communist
anarchists, who, due to their religious bent, have at least become tolerant in the religious
sphere and thus tried to practise their brand of religious communism only among their
own kind of volunteers. Typically, the religiously motivated anarchist communists have
become the most long lasting anarchist communities. They others had usually only a
short life-span due to their basic economic flaws. – Thus the internal contradiction of
authoritarian, coercive and monopolistic ―anarchist‖ communism arose, usually acting all
too non-anarchistically towards all dissenters. – How many or how few communist
anarchists have so far become consistent panarchists, i.e. consistent voluntarists and
exterritorialists? But then the rightists or individualist anarchists have so far also only all
too rarely subscribed to panarchism, although it would give them their best chance to
demonstrate their truth in practical experiments among their volunteers. – J.Z., 29.4.96,
ANARCHISM: Complex societies necessitate anarchism." - Sam Dolgoff, The Relevance
of Anarchism to Modern Society, LIBERTARIAN ANALYSIS, I/4, p.9.
ANARCHISM: Creative anarchy is the path to survival in this universe.‖ - Frank
Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.384. - CREATIVITY, PANARCHISM,
ANARCHISM: Down with the State, the State of yesterday, today and tomorrow, the
Bourgeois State and the Socialist State. There remains for me now nothing but the
consoling religion of Anarchism.‖ - Benito Mussolini, Popolo d'Italia, April 6, 1920. -
Seldes remarks: "Mussolini's father was a follower of Bakunin, the Anarchist philosopher
and rival of Karl Marx." - It should also be remembered that Mussolini came to power
when "occupation of the factories" had become a popular rage and mischief. This was
done by coercive unionists and socialists, possibly also syndicalists, and had, in effect,
closed many factories down, since potential customers did not want anything to do with
people who respected no property rights and private contracts. In stopping these wrongs,
often quite forcefully, Mussolini acted as a propertarian. However, in attacking
productive cooperatives, to the extent that he, through his followers, destroyed their self-
help organisations and assets like buildings, trees and animals, he acted again as an
enemy of property. Later, as a fascist controller of the property of others, he was a more
camouflaged enemy of property rights. - As a "leader" into disasters he practised: Up
with my own State, for myself, for my own benefit and over all other people in ―my‖
country - and over as many peoples in other countries as I can manage to subjugate to
myself! - I wonder how many of the "anarchist" protesters, marchers and demonstrators
would similarly reveal their true nature, given the chance? - J.Z., 26. 1. 93.
ANARCHISM: Equal decision-making power, equal distribution of wealth." - With this
simple dogma they want to "rule" the affairs not only of themselves but of all others, by
thus making them their own affairs, i.e., by a usurpation, and disposing of the property of
others, as if it were their own. That kind of approach can only bring all others up in arms
against them. I have nowhere found a hint that they want only to be free to practice these
two "principles" in combination – quite tolerantly among themselves only, at their own
risk and expense. Even the Soviets were not as simple-minded in their dogmatism. How
much blood would be shed, if this article of faith would be spread widely enough, to let
its adherents gain enough power over others to enforce it? - J.Z., 8.8.84, 25.1.93. – The
intolerant ―anarchism‖ of the Melbourne "Workers for a Self-managed Society‖. That is
their ―justification‖ for meddling and plundering! – Have they combined their households
and their property and practised that principle among themselves? - J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: Every time some over-organized gang of highway robbers decided to
push people around, us raggedy and disorganized anarchists smashed 'em good and
proper!‖ - L. Neil Smith, The Probability Broach, 260. - That is the dream. Where is the
reality so far? Most anarchists and libertarians have so far failed to consider the kind of
volunteer militia organization and defence, liberation and revolutionary methods that
could be achieve this. - J.Z., 24.1.02. – GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM
ANARCHISM: Everyone to take the liberty to determine the forms of his social relations
himself." - Chris Misere, 1986. Open Mind Festival. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY,
ANARCHISM: Excess archy should not be called ―anarchy‖. – J.Z., 81.98. Chaos in
human relationships is mainly only the result of competing territorial domination
attempts, not of peaceful and productive genuine self-government and self-management
ANARCHISM: For while no social organization can guarantee morality, at least free
market anarchism does not preclude the possibility of morality by institutionalising
coercion in the form of a monopoly government." - Don Franzen, Reply to Peter Crosby's
"Utopia of Competition" - PERSONALIST, Symposium: Is Government Necessary?
ANARCHISM: G. D. Cole has stated that the anarchists were anarchists because they
did not believe in an anarchical world." - By dropping voluntarism and tolerance in
favour of their particular anarchistic ideal, most anarchists are not very anarchistic but
rather authoritarian, like any territorialist "great political leader". - The real essence of
anarchism: voluntarism, non-aggression, self-determination and self-responsibility, is all
too often overshadowed for them by their pursuit of their secondary ideal or dogmas.
Insofar they do not really believe in anarchism but, rather, in that something else. - J.Z.,
25.1.93. - Usually, egalitarianism is their first and constant love. - J.Z., 25.9.02. – On the
contradictions of the various forms of anarchism see my still incomplete survey on - It has been online for years but neither led to criticism
nor supplementation. All too many fundamental discussions – are simply avoided! – J.Z.,
ANARCHISM: Genuine anarchism can lead to order, wanted rules or laws, peace,
justice, freedom, progress – just as much as any kinds of anarchist wants for themselves,
for their internal affairs. Provided only, that ―anarchists‖ are not at the same time and
primarily e.g. egalitarians, coercive ―sharers‖ and distributors and enemies of property
rights and other individual economic rights and liberties. To the extent that some, too
many, anarchists, want to impose their anarchist ideal upon dissenters, i.e., to the extent
that they are still territorialists, wanting to impose their kind of territorial ―rule‖ or system
uniformly upon a whole territory, they are really authoritarians, even totalitarians and are
preparing for a civil war against the statists and must not be surprised if they are the
losers in this war, for anarchists are still largely outnumbered by archists. – The territorial
archies of all kinds, at least in the large States, lead generally only to ever more
oppressive and exploitative laws and institutions, even when they start out with the ideal
of a limited and constitutional government and an bill of rights, usually a still all too
limited & flawed one. They are quite immoral and irrational in many respects. Archies
are tolerable only for their voluntary victims. – J.Z., 17.2.07, 25.10.07. – ARCHIES,
ANARCHISM: Have all egalitarian anarchists managed to agree on one and the same
definition for their "anarchism"? Or do they offer a great variety of definitions of their
ideal? - J.Z., 16.4.02., 20.8.02. - COMMUNIST ANARCHISM
ANARCHISM: Hess: ... I doubt if the manufacture of guns would be a very serious
occupation in an anarchist society. - Playboy: Why not? - Hess: Because we don't hunt
for food much anymore and the freer a society gets, the less need there is to shoot
people..." - PLAYBOY, 7/76, p. 72. – GUNS, FREEDOM
ANARCHISM: His devotion to individuality leads to a marriage with anarchy." - B. R.
Barber, Superman and Common Men, p. 92/93, on Robert Paul Wolf. - Individuality is a
fact of nature, requiring only observation and understanding, not devotion. It does not
lead only to one form of marriage with one form of anarchy but, instead, to all kinds of
free love affairs and marriages, or even abstinence, for all kinds of individuals with or
from all kinds of voluntary and competing States and non-governmental societies. This
can, naturally, be done only when one can exterritorially and autonomously associate
oneself with one's beloved person or persons while, at the same time, abstaining from
intimate relationships with any to whom one is indifferent or whom one dislikes. This
applies to the "marriages" and free love relationships of others, under their personal laws,
in their voluntaristic and competing governments and competing free societies. - J.Z.,
ANARCHISM: How would public services be organized under Anarchy? First of all, I
should remark that it is a mistake to talk about life 'under' Anarchy. There is no 'under'.
The implication of 'under' is that a uniform system is to be imposed upon everyone, and
that standard solutions to societal problems will be accepted and take precedence over
the ones of today, so that instead of living under the present system, we live under a new
one. In reality, the nature of the projected pluralistic Anarchy is such that a wide
diversity is not only tolerated, but encouraged... - Fred Woodworth, Anarchism, 6.
ANARCHISM: I am an anarchist because I want an as free, secure, just, crime-free and
peaceful society as possible. – J.Z., 2.3.99, 21.9.08. – CRIME, SOCIETY, PEACE, WAR
ANARCHISM: I am opposed to Anarchy but I favour Anarchism." - Bob Howard. - That
makes some sense when one considers that "anarchism" is not as automatically associated
with "chaos" as "anarchy" is in the "minds" of most people. - J.Z., 26.1.93. –
ANARCHISM: I believe a world without 'government' would be a better place to live.
However, that doesn't tell me how to deal with the world in which I do live." – Harry
Brown, How I Found Freedom..., p.101. - Prepare to sell or redistribute the remaining
assets of the politicians and bureaucrats, and thereby liquidate much of their power, while
creating financial power for alternative institutions. For some details of this approach see
PEACE PLANS 19 C. - There are, naturally, many other projects towards anarchy. But
people like Brown seem to understand mainly only one: Making money. - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: I have come to the conclusion that philosophical anarchism is true. That
is to say, I believe that there is not, and there could not be, a state that has a right to
command and whose subjects have a binding obligation to obey." - Robert Paul Wolff,
On Violence, JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, LXVI, no. 19, 1969, p.607. See also his: In
Defence of Anarchism, N.Y., 1970. - Quoted by Barber: Superman and Common Men, p.
32. She added: "If authority is to be sent into exile, it is legitimacy that must be
banished." - From the above it merely follows that States that have usurped a right to
command and extract obedience from their subjects are not "legitimate" or, rather, not
moral or rightful. But this would make no case against any State constituted by
volunteers only, who remain volunteers through the liberty of individual secessionism,
and who practise their kind of obedience to their unanimously supported governmental
institutions only on the basis of exterritorial autonomy, which is the voluntary
combination of their own individual sovereignties only, i.e., it remains dependent upon
individual consent - through individual secessionism. - See under Panarchism. For such
volunteers their kinds of exterritorially autonomous States would be legitimate and for all
who do not like them for themselves, they should, nevertheless, be considered as
"legitimate" or "rightful", too, - for the self-selected others. No right or liberty means that
it must be claimed by everyone and quite completely and that it must be fully practised
all the time and anywhere and by anyone, too. Rights and liberties only state how far
individuals could go, without infringing upon the equal rights and liberties of others, not
how far they must go. Regarding the first sentence, I would rather say: No
TERRITORIAL State, as such, has or can have ANY right..." - no more so than any
murderer or robber or oppressor, as such, can have any right. - J.Z., 26.1.93, 25.9.02.
ANARCHISM: I have frequently observed – in response to those who dismiss my views
on the virtues of a stateless society – that political systems, in the 20th century alone,
killed some 200,000,000 human beings. How many were killed by anarchists?‖ - Butler
Shaffer, The Wizards of Ozymandias, chapter 43. – A very similar remark is in chapter
ANARCHISM: I have no objection against anarchists who mind their own business. -
J.Z., 2/75. – Nor to any archists – who merely mind their own business in their way. All
kinds of anarchy for all kinds of anarchists, all kinds of libertarianism for all kinds of
libertarians and all kinds of statism for all kinds of statists. – J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: I remain convinced on the grounds of my practical fighting experience
that anarchism is as revolutionary, as diverse and as sublime in every facet as is human
life itself." - Nestor Machno, The Anarchist Revolution, in RABELAIS, 21.9.71. - With
its limited stress of diversity - only among anarchists - still a rather Catholic view of the
future. Non-anarchists have the right to be and remain non-anarchists among themselves.
Nobody is obliged to become an anarchist. All that anarchists can demand is that they be
left alone by archists. And they must be willing to leave the archists alone. At present it
would be hard to decide who is the more intolerant of the two groups. - J.Z., 25.1.93. –
ANARCHISM: I take you to be an anarchist of moral suasion; am I right? or rather that
you would advocate the abolition of all human laws, that Natural Law might work
unimpeded." - Daniel McFarland, to Spooner, in 1886, quoted by Chiveley, introduction
to Lysander Spooner, I/51.
ANARCHISM: If a total anarchism ever were to exist, there would be no politics, no
governing, no statesmanship." - LIBERTY, Summer 75. - Why insist on any kind of
absolutism, no only for oneself but for all others, too? Why not be satisfied with
anarchism for anarchists only and any kind of archism for archists? - J.Z. 1/76. - Even the
Protestants ultimately agreed upon their kinds of Protestantism for their kinds of people
while leaving Catholic beliefs and practices and other religions and faiths to their
believers. - J.Z., 26.1.93. - PANARCHISM
ANARCHISM: If the word „anarchism‟, as a name for the attempt to effect changes
away from the centralized and institutional towards the social and „life-oriented‟ society,
carries irrational implications, or suggests a preconceived ideology either of man or of
society, modern intellectuals may hesitate to accept it. No branch of science can afford to
ally itself with revolutionary fantasy, with emotionally determined ideas of human
conduct, or with psychopathic attitudes.‖ – Alex Comfort, ―Authority and Delinquency. A
study in the psychology of power‖, p.108/109, 1950, 1970, a book largely on the
delinquency of authority. – Alas, kept out of print & off the Web for all too long. - J.Z.,
15.5.06. Only his ―The Joy of Sex‖ has recently reappeared in a revised and improved
edition. - J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: In every age, anarchists have come forward to argue that subjection to a
state is a form of slavery not to be tolerated by free men.‖ – Joseph F. Johnston, Jr., The
Limits of Government, Regnery Gateway, Chicago, 1984, p.193. - STATE
ANARCHISM: In the fewest words, anarchism teaches that we can live in a society
where there is no compulsion of any kind. - A life without compulsion naturally means
liberty; it means freedom from being forced or coerced, a chance to lead the life that
suits you best. - You cannot lead such a life unless you do away with the institutions that
curtail your liberty and interfere with your life. the condition that compels you to act
differently from the way you would like to.‖ - Alexander Berkman, Now and After, 1928. -
Only the territorial State does constitutionally and habitually interfere with the affairs of
its internal and external dissenters. Only the exterritorial State or society does not
constitutionally and habitually interfere with the lives of others than its own voluntary
members. - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: In the twentieth century alone, governments managed to kill – through
wars, genocides, and other deadly practices – some 200,000,000 men, women, and
children. How many people were killed by anarchists during this period? Governments,
not anarchists, have been the deadly "bomb-throwers" of human history!” - Butler
Shaffer, The Wizards of Ozymandias, chapter 60. – Compare the similar remark in
ANARCHISM: In this discussion Read reaffirms his view of anarchism as the form of
social organization which gives full play to the individual's creative spontaneity in closest
harmony with his own nature and with physical nature." - Editor Marshall S. Shatz in The
Essential Works of Anarchism, on Herbert Read's "Existentialism, Marxism and
ANARCHISM: Is anarchism attacking all kinds of hierarchical organizations or only
organizations which are essentially coercive? The coercion might merely be expressed
already by compulsory membership or exclusive territorial organization. Hierarchies
might be accepted, to some extent, by volunteers, as e.g. among the Freemasons. For
them it is not wrong. Because of their voluntary membership, they are not coerced or
ruled against their will. Voluntary hierarchies are tolerable, at least in others. Involuntary
or imposed hierarchies are intolerable, for anarchists and statists alike, as soon as they
become aware of the panarchistic alternatives. - J.Z., 25.1.93. – HIERARCHIES,
ANARCHISM: It can be expressed basically as running our own lives instead of being
pushed around.‖ - ANARCHIST AGE WEEKLY REVIEW, No. 396, of 17-222 April
2,000. - That is a much better definition than that usually supported by that publication
and group. - J.Z., 30.1.02.
ANARCHISM: It is either anarchism or herding and being herded. - J.Z., 16.11.82,
25.1.93. – However, some forms of enforced egalitarian ―anarchism‖ are even worse than
the present statist and territorial authoritarianism, which recognized at least some limited
property rights. –J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: Laissez faire capitalism means „hands off‟ in terms of economic life.
Anarchy means "hands-off" in legal and political life.” - Wolf de Voon, The Case for
Anarchy, 1988. - Consistent laissez faire practices should be extended into all spheres,
political, economic as well as social arrangements, even of those people, who are
opponents of laissez faire. In their own internal affairs they should be free to rule or mis-
rule themselves as much as they like. Full anarcho-capitalism, competition, freedom of
contract, market relationships, free enterprise and freedom of association – even for the
great variety of statists. Let them do their things – to themselves, religiously! - J.Z.,
ANARCHISM: Lively mental activity within the circles of anarchists is the precondition
for ever further success." - St. Ch. Waldecke, Gedanken ueber Anarchie. - As opposed to
the notion that our only task is to ―spread the message‖. Or the practice of the endless
repetition of slogans and definitions, without bothering to think seriously about them. -
J.Z., 25.9.02.
ANARCHISM: Lizzie M. Holmes argued, there is really very little difference of opinion
between 'a Communist-Anarchist who advocates voluntary association on a communist
basis, but who would not force any one to live that sort of life, and an Individualist
Anarchist who believes in liberty and would not prevent the organization of any number
of voluntary communistic societies." - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.262. - To
become panarchists, they would have to become tolerant towards different voluntary
archist communities, too. And only when they become so tolerant may they actually get
the chance to practise their favourite kind of anarchy among themselves. - J.Z. 26.1.193.
ANARCHISM: Many American colonies had no established government 1776-79. 'Order
and harmony were preserved.' Tom Paine observed. (*) Franklin warned local delegates
to form new governments before the citizens noticed they didn't need them. The secret
almost got out. Government isn't needed, at all! It's the problem!” - Stormy Mon, A
Liberty Book, 90. – Slavery went on. The Red Indians were not any better treated. (*) In
the monetary sphere governmental monetary despotism still prevailed, with its usual
disastrous consequences, partly transmitted to our times by the proverb: "Not worth a
continental." See P. Webster's writings on this, micro-filmed by LMP. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: Merely political anarchism without economic anarchism or full economic
freedom amounts merely to another form of authoritarianism, coercion, compulsion,
confiscation and distribution of property and earnings. – J.Z., 15.3.05. – However,
whatever anti-economic actions, rules, systems and institutions volunteers want to apply
among themselves should be their own affair. Maybe at least some of them will soon
learn from their own mistakes. – J.Z., 15.3.05, 29.10.07. - SOCIALISM, LEFT
ANARCHISM: Most anarchist writings were written in ignorance of most other anarchist
writings and their different ideas, opinions and observations. – J.Z., 5.12.98. – They were
also written in ignorance of genuine economics and of panarchism. – J.Z., 21.9.08.
ANARCHISM: Most anarchists have still to study and comprehend the anarchism of
laissez faire economics and free markets and of consumer sovereignty and competitive
free enterprise and anarcho-capitalism among propertarians, individuals, volunteers,
contractors. Alas, they show no interest in such liberties but, out of ignorance, fear,
prejudices, wrong premises and errors, only hate and loathing! - J.Z., 19.5.01, 29.1.02. -
ANARCHISM: Most anarchists seem to suffer from a pathological hatred of freedom
when it comes to forms of free market, laissez faire or capitalist anarchism or anarcho-
capitalism and individualism. Then their egalitarianism, communism, socialism and
collectivism gets the upper hand over their striving for freedom and they interpret
freedom as monopoly and power or as a danger rather than a way to achieve solutions.
Here their dogmatism, prejudices, errors and myths prevail over their wish to learn and
understand. They are in this respect mere sectarians or fundamentalists and a threat rather
than a support for liberty and rights. - J.Z., 21.5.01, 29.1.02. - FREEDOM, LAISSEZ
ANARCHISM: Most of the anarchist secondary or supplementary hypotheses, theories
and dogmas are wrong, just like most of them are wrong in what passes now as
economic, political, social, psychological, astronomical and religious ―sciences‖. – J.Z.,
ANARCHISM: Much of modern anarchism is to anarchism what modern art is to art:
confusion, chaos, senseless displays and pretences, instead of realism and natural order
and harmony. - J.Z., 1/11/81, 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: Nature acts without masters.‖ - Hippocrates. - It does not even impose
any uniform territorial rule. It allows any living thing to live anywhere that it can manage
ANARCHISM: Neither for Mackay, nor for us, is it merely a matter of faith that one day
non-domination, our ideal, will exist. We know that it CAN exist, if only at least a strong
minority is capable of clear and independent ( free of ideology ) thinking and finally
perceives what anarchism is in reality, namely, the peaceful SIDE-BY-SIDE of very
different relationships, on the only basis which makes this possible: the mutual
renunciation of aggressive force ( violence and coercion ), and of suppression,
exploitation and domination. We know, likewise, that this condition is not possible while
the existing ideologies go on brutally fighting and possibly mutually exterminating each
other ( as was tried by America in Vietnam ) (*). And as long as those, who believe that
they have an 'alternative' to offer, want to make their ideology into a general measure for
all ( against the will of others ), Anarchism will need all the more time to realise its
social order." - LERNZIEL ANARCHIE, No. 5. – (*) Much more systematically by the
Vietnamese communists against their opponents! – J.Z. – PANARCHISM VS.
ANARCHISM: Neither God nor Master!" - Bakunin. – Rather: To each only the ―God‖
or ―master‖ of his or her own free choice – if any! – J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: No domination, no authority, no State!“ – ( "Ohne Herrschaft, ohne
Obrigkeit, ohne Staat." ) - Slogan at the „Open Mind Festival―, near Cologne, 1986. -
With this limited ideal the anarchists have still nothing to show for. – ( Mit dieser
beschraenkten Idee koennen die Anarchisten immer noch keinen "Staat" machen. ) -
Neither domination nor authority nor any State to be un-asked-for, by individuals. But by
all means let us have competing States and competing stateless societies, all of them only
for volunteers and limited to exterritorial autonomy. - J.Z., 25.1.93. – PANARCHISM,
ANARCHISM: Now, free market anarchism does not assert that the absence of
government is a sufficient condition for the existence of freedom and justice, but rather
that the absence of government is a necessary condition for the existence of freedom and
justice. This is claimed on the following grounds: (1) aggression is the antithesis of both
freedom and justice; (2) a government is an institution that attempts to exercise
monopolistic control of certain activities by means of aggression against some or all of
its subjects. - Free market anarchism advocates the replacement of government by
competitive private agencies engaging in the legitimate activities that are now controlled
by the government. Such activities include the arbitration and resolution of disputes, the
insuring and enforcement of contracts, the certification of ownership claims ( to land,
other natural resources, literary works, inventions, etc. ), the provision of insurance,
protection and defence against aggression, and the rectification of injustices caused by
aggression..." - Louis A. Rollins, Reply to C. J. Wheeler, THE PERSONALIST.
ANARCHISM: Of all that is interpreted or misinterpreted as anarchism or somehow
linked to it, most is of no interest to me and has nothing to do with anarchism - as I see it.
However, to each his own. - J.Z., 10.3.01, 31.1.02.
ANARCHISM: One must choose between force or numbers, or society would collapse at
once into anarchy." - Thomas Earle to George Bradburn, April 12, 1846, Spooner Papers,
N.Y. Historical Society. - A good argument for anarchism, this! If one would not merely
choose between force and numbers, society would at once advance into anarchy. - J.Z.,
ANARCHISM: Only under anarchism can anyone live undisturbed - in accordance with
the requirements of his religion, morality and ideology - within those limits only drawn
by the equal liberty for all." - Solneman: K. H. Zube, in LERNZIEL ANARCHIE, No. 2,
ANARCHISM: Opponents of Arshinov accused him of 'party anarchism'." - Paul Avrich,
The Russian Anarchists, p.242. - This would not be as absurd as it sounds, provided this
party aimed only at exterritorial autonomy for itself and all other parties. Compared with
this only the usual attempt of each party to territorially dominate all other parties, is
wrongful, irrational and even absurd. - J.Z., 25.1.93, 5.11.08. - PARTIES
ANARCHISM: Proudhon defined it as a system "based not on force but on contract.". -
The General Idea of the Revolution in the 19th Century. - PANARCHISM, FORCE,
ANARCHISM: Sane, sober anarchist center.” – A term coined by Murray N. Rothbard
and quoted in Ulrike Heider, Die Narren der Freiheit, p. 136. – Alas, even he, with his
voluntarism, market knowledge and laissez faire capitalism, was not a consistent
panarchist. – J.Z., 21.9.08.
ANARCHISM: Some anarchists believe in syndicalism under which workers own and
control their factories. (*) Other anarchists emphasise decentralized power and
community decision-making. Still others believe in laissez-faire economics and the ability
of the free market to efficiently coordinate the productive activities of free men. All
anarchists oppose authority and stand on the side of more personal freedom and
autonomy on every issue." - Rod Manis, in the anthology: Outside Looking In, p.415. -
The choice of a monarchy or of a limited, republican or democratic government for
oneself and among like-minded people, would also be a non-authoritarian and free and
autonomous choice, one not to be forcefully blocked for anyone and by anyone. – - (*)
Collectively, their whole industries or individual enterprises only? - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: Some would make the government the be-all and end-all of society;
others would deny all place for government..." – G. C. Roche III, Bastiat, A Man Alone,
p.199. - Panarchism would provide a framework, resting only upon some basic common
principles and practices, for all voluntary and exterritorially autonomous and competing
self-governments of volunteer groups, too, in addition to all kinds of competitive,
cooperative or fraternal free societies which are wanted by and for their voluntary
members. All on the basis of personal laws only, i.e. limited to exterritorial autonomy for
their more or less dispersed members, living intermixed with members of other such
communities in the same territories. If you want to, you could consider such personal and
voluntary and competing and limited governments as being merely free societies, too. But
formally they might retain all but their compulsory membership and territorial
sovereignty. And if they tried to go beyond that, then one should attack only these
features, not the voluntaristic remainders. - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: That organization of society in which the Free Market operates freely,
without taxes, usury, landlordism, tariffs (*), or other forms of coercion or privilege.
RIGHT ANARCHISTS predict that in the Free Market people would voluntarily choose to
compete more often than to cooperate. LEFT ANARCHISTS predict that in the Free
Market people would voluntarily choose to cooperate more often than to compete.‖ -
Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, p.72. - - (*) Even the inserted requirements should be
irrelevant to anarchists who are primarily voluntarists and self-managing. If they want
outlaw interest or to increase it among them, have landlords or do without them, have
tariffs or do without them, have union coercion and privileges among them or are happy
without them, all these and other options should be quite up to exterritorially autonomous
volunteers. - J.Z., 25.9.02. – Cooperation is also a form of competition while competition
is also a form of cooperation: All participants strive to provide better goods and services.
– J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: The absence of or complete disregard for government. It philosophically
springs from the individualism of man and often contends that 'government' is man's
greatest enemy." - Glen G. Cooper, Contemporary Realism, p.26.
ANARCHISM: The aim should not be to endlessly reinvent or repeat the old anarchist
ideas, largely in ignorance of their discussions in the past, because they are rarely
accessible in reprints, but to build upon them, to the extent that they are sound and to
refute the unsound ones among them. Anarchism should thus continue to grow from its
traditions, at least well as the Talmud did. That could be promoted by many more
alphabetized handbooks and encyclopaedias than are presently offered. Further: all the
old texts, published and out of print or still unpublished, could and should be made easily
and cheaply accessible, by a handful of anarchist activists, on microfilm, floppies & CDs,
if they cannot afford to offer them in print or via e-mail or online. - J.Z., 2.7.86, 25.1.93,
ANARCHISM: The Anarchists are simply unterrified Jeffersonian Democrats. They
believe that 'the best government is that which governs least,' and that which governs
least is no government at all.” - Benjamin Tucker – DEMOCRACY – Even if a territorial
government confined itself to prescribing only decent table-manners or polite ways of
addressing other people, it would still be a government, although, admittedly, one much
preferable to those forms we have now. – J.Z., 3.11.08.
ANARCHISM: The Anarchists are therefore justified in assuming that anarchism - the
absence of government - will ensure the widest and greatest scope for unhampered
human development, the cornerstone of true social progress and harmony." - Emma
Goldman, What I Believe, p.6.
ANARCHISM: The Anarchists conceive a society in which all the mutual relations of its
members are regulated, not by laws, not by authorities, whether self-imposed or elected,
but by the mutual agreements between the members of that society, and by a sum of
social customs and habits - not petrified by law, routine, or superstition, but continually
developing and continually readjusted, in accordance with the ever-growing
requirements of a free life, stimulated by the progress of science, invention, and the
steady growth of higher ideals. No ruling authorities, then. No government of man by
man; no crystallisation and immobility, but a continual evolution - such as we see in
nature." - Peter Kropotkin, Modern Science and Anarchism, 1913. - Mix in voluntarism
and exterritorial autonomy for all groups and communities that want it, not only for
various anarchists or libertarians, and you arrive at panarchism. - J.Z., 26.1.93. -
ANARCHISM: The blind drive which enlists science into the services of power has, in
this stage of historical development, invented the atomic bomb as an instrument of war
and destruction. This invention has relegated to the garbage heap perhaps 90% of the
rationalisations of so-called sociological theory or knowledge being taught by the
brainwashed and terrorised so-called educators in the respective regimes in which they
happen to reside. There is only one social philosophy which has emerged unscathed and
actually vindicated by this development, and this is Anarchism, a social philosophy
hardly over a century old." - Laurance Labadie, Selected Essays, p.40. - NUCLEAR
ANARCHISM: The conviction that anarchism begins and ends with liberty is the central
theme of this study and the essential foundation of the definition of anarchism to follow."
- Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.2.
ANARCHISM: The doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by individuals
or voluntary associations, and that the State should be abolished." - Benjamin R. Tucker,
ANARCHISM: The farthest left you can go, historically at any rate, is anarchism - the
total opposition to any institutionalised power, a state of completely voluntary social
organization (*) in which people would establish their ways of life in small, consenting
groups, and cooperate with others as they see fit." - Karl Hess, Dear America, 12. -
Voluntary associations are not necessarily small and local only. They can be international
and have millions of members. The Catholic Church, for instance, is and has. - E.g. a
society of free traders. - (*) A State of completely voluntary social organization, or,
rather, several of them in the same territory! – These communities need not be small, they
may even be very large and world-wide. - J.Z., 26.1.93. - J.Z., 26.3.93, 5.1.08. – LEFT &
ANARCHISM: The hyphenated brands which have usurped the name of anarchism seem
to have overlooked the fundamental essence of the anarchistic philosophy, that it is not a
system or form of organization ( each of which necessarily requires rules or 'government'
) but implies a no-rule or anarchic order. That is, the liberty to try every form of
association which voluntary participants may deem workable for their purpose." -
Laurance Labadie, DANDELION, Winter 78. - Here he comes close to panarchism. - J.Z.
ANARCHISM: The idea of anarchism stems from the proposition that freedom is
impossible were an established order is imposed upon people from above." - Reichert,
Partisans of Freedom, p.186, on John Beverley Robinson.
ANARCHISM: The idea of the perfectibility of man, and of his development towards a
god-like being, leads, indeed, towards a belief in a future anarchistic society between
humans, whether via his descendants or personal immortality or via personal conversion
or re-birth. - J.Z., 23.6.87, 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: The optimism of anarchism has been ( on the whole ) the optimism of
people who have found it easy to love and feel sympathy and do justice... But what is the
case with the brothers?" - David Wiek, Anarchy 8. - The unfounded optimism for
universal anarchism ought to be replaced by the much more realistic: anarchism for
anarchists and archies for archists. - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: The Paradox of Anarchism. "The highest perfection of society is found in
the union of order and anarchy.‖ – Proudhon, in Social Relations and Freedom, Modern
Publishers, Indore. – ORDER, HARMONY, CHAOS
ANARCHISM: The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by
man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are
therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary." - Fred Woodworth, Anarchism. -
Actually, that is a very ancient order for human societies. Only man-made territorial laws
need total rejection, apart from quarantine arrangements and rules on right or left-hand
driving. A girl in Berlin, who hates all cars, wanted that rule abolished, too, to slow the
beasties down! And why should any government formed only by volunteers and
remaining supported only by volunteers and ruling only over them, be abolished for
them? They ought to be established, rather than abolished - for the present majorities of
statists in all nations. They may not be up to the highest moral standards and they may
also do some wrong to their members, considered objectively, and they would be
objectively unnecessary, but since they would be subjectively sanctioned by their victims,
individually, i.e. operate with their unanimous consent, what right would outsiders have
to abolish them? They may, indeed, constitute and practice all the liberties they can
presently comprehend and handle. States so limited may be the classrooms and
workshops necessary for their maturation into free human beings. Abolitionism towards
the beloved institutions of most others can only lead to the continued unpopularity and
suppression of anarchists. It would be as wrong as abolishing all freely competing
schools for infants and children. Do not even try abolish the beloved institutions of
others, for you do not have the right to do so and in the attempt you might do yourself
more harm than you would to them. Instead, opt out of their associations, to do your own
things among yourselves and do defend your right and opportunity to do so. To a limited
extent, but only for different anarchies for different anarchists, most anarchists have
always recognized that, F. W., too. - J.Z., 26.1.93
ANARCHISM: The road to anarchism and to limited governments leads through
panarchism, in the same way as atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, humanism and free
thinking could only become widespread after religious liberty or tolerance was finally
achieved. - J.Z., 23.10.81, 26.1.93. -LIMITED GOVERNMENT, PANARCHISM
ANARCHISM: The State is the chief cause of anarchism." - Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus II,
p.129. – The territorial State ruling over involuntary members is. – J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: The struggle between libertarian and authoritarian groups in radical
movements has a long history. Libertarians have usually been anarchists, while
authoritarians have usually been state socialists. - Anarchists believe that it is a moral
imperative for all governments and other institutions of violence and coercion, to be
abolished and replaced by a system of voluntary association. They oppose all violations
of individual rights and see the governments as the greatest violators of all. In place of
the present systems, in which some men ruler others, anarchists would substitute any and
all forms in which people freely agree to live and work together." - Rod Manis, in the
anthology Outside Looking In, p.414. - PANARCHISM.
ANARCHISM: The theory that all forms of government are undesirable.‖ - Webster's
New World Dictionary of the American Language. - I would merely add "territorial"
before "governments". That they would then have to become voluntaristic and
autonomous, but autonomous only with regard to the affairs of their voluntary members,
would automatically follow from this. Without territorial organization and powers,
governments would essentially be reduced to voluntary and competitive associations of
like-minded people, just like anarchies. Their aims and practices might differ but not their
voluntaristic structure and their exterritorial status. They would all be peaceful by
definition. Only compulsory membership and monopoly powers over territories makes
governments aggressive, internally and externally. - If any game is worth playing, it will
find sufficient volunteers. Nobody should be conscripted into and forced to contribute to
any political game or economic or social system not of his own choosing. - J.Z. 26.1.93.
ANARCHISM: The theory that all government is evil." - The Merriam-Webster Pocket
Dictionary. - Again, the voluntary and competing and exterritorial government options
are overlooked. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: The threat to the statists of an involuntary anarchism, which they
perceive as a chaos, might terrorise the archists even more than the anarchists are now
terrorised by being subjected to involuntary archism or statism through the territorial
utopias of the archists or statists. Why be so nasty to each other? When you can't
convince each other, the only practicable and peace-promoting and just thing is to leave
each other alone. To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her
dreams! - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: The trouble is not that anarchism does not work but that anarchists do not
work, sufficiently, to promote and realize it - primarily only among themselves, their own
and like-minded volunteers, in an anarchist way. This requires, that they would only
operate in a voluntary way, leaving statism to statists and confining themselves to
exterritorial autonomy for themselves and tolerating it for all those, who do not agree
with them. Instead, they aim to territorially impose anarchism on the majority of
territorial statists. This is an attempt that in most instances defeats itself. – J.Z., 24.11.96,
ANARCHISM: The true sceptic is constrained to pass on beyond tolerance to the final
redoubt of all political agnostics: anarchism." - B. R. Barber, Superman & Common
Men, p.92. - I see neither true scepticism as the only trail to anarchism, nor political
agnosticism as the only possible and final redoubt of anarchism. That is no more than her
own limited and perhaps unique point of view of anarchism. - J.Z., 26.1.93. &
ANARCHISM: To be an anarchist does not mean to overthrow the State with coercion
and force but to discard coercion and force as means to maintain social order." - W. O.
Reichert, Anarchism, Freedom and Power, retranslated from the German version. -
ANARCHISM: To the extent that a free market already exists they are anarchistic,
exterritorial and voluntaristic. To the extent that anarchism already exists it is expressed
in voluntary free market, free choice and free contract relationships for individuals and
their free associations in all spheres. – J.Z., 13.2.98, 21.9.08. - FREE MARKETS,
ANARCHISM: Too much of the somewhat popular leftist anarchism is nothing but a set
of religious, fashionable or ideological prejudices combined with a great degree of
ignorance and dislike of learning what needs to be learnt, e.g. sound economics. – J.Z.,
ANARCHISM: True anarchism will be capitalism. True capitalism will be anarchism.‖ –
Murray N. Rothbard, quoted in THE NEW BANNER, 25.2.72. – As if true anarchism,
the essence of voluntarism, would not have room and opportunity for communism and
any other form of collectivism and statism - to be also freely practised among their
volunteers, as long as they really want to. – Here MNR showed clearly, that he did not
yet think like a panarchist. However, under panarchism the remaining and voluntaristic
State communism, State socialism or State capitalism of e.g. the Soviet Union and Red
China would have developed much faster into genuine free enterprise or laissez-faire
capitalism then they did and do under territorialism. – But, like the nunneries and
monasteries under religious freedom, a few communistic communities of volunteers
might remain or become newly experimented with for a long time, doing their things to
themselves, even when their members are surrounded by the various free societies of
panarchism. A kind of mental atavism will see to that. They would serve as enlightening
and deterrent examples to others. J.Z., 21.9.08. – CAPITALISM, PANARCHISM
ANARCHISM: Voluntary cooperation' is a more accurate rendition of anarchism." -
Bob James, LIBERTARIAN POLITICS, 2nd. issue, p.4. - Alas, in this view, according to
my experience, he is still almost alone among Australian anarchists. I wish I were wrong
about that. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: We are anarchists because: If human beings are fundamentally good, no
government is necessary. If human beings are fundamentally bad, any government, being
composed of human beings, would be bad also." - THE MATCH, June 1975.
ANARCHISM: We are struggling for a better and brighter life. Our ideal is to achieve a
community of workers, without authority, without parasites, and without commissars. -
Our immediate goal is to establish a free soviet regime, without the authority of the
Bolsheviks, without the pressure of any party whatever." - Makhnovitsi, partisan army of
the Ukraine, Appeal to the Red Army, 1920. – Did M. ever consider exterritorial
autonomy for volunteers? – J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISM: What anarchism is in essence is a belief in a method - the method of
ordinary people running their own lives and tackling their own problems by direct, and if
needs be, by forceful actions in solidarity with each other." - Mike Payne, 7.7.91,
ANARCHISM: When it comes to governments and armies, I'm pretty much of an
anarchist and think least is best in both departments." - Harry Harrison, The Stainless
Steel Rat's Revenge, Sphere Books, London, 1976, p. 132. - I look forward to a federation
of local and autonomous volunteer militias for the protection of individual rights as the
largest and most useful armed force the world has ever seen. However, I would like to
see, and that would be one of the consequences of such militias, the dissolution of all
standing armies of territorial governments. - J.Z., 25.1.93.
ANARCHISM: Why does the anarchy in the New World please me so much? Everyone
lives according to his choice. That is also to my advantage. I leave everyone alone in
order to be able to live my life." - Goethe.
ANARCHISM: Why is there so little intellectual curiosity among most anarchists for any
ideas that somewhat deviate, especially from the collectivist, egalitarian and socialist bias
held by most of them? – But then most libertarians do also show a bias against the
various kinds of anarchists. – J.Z., 1.9.97. – Years ago I drafted an anarchist spectrum of
hyphenated forms of anarchism and their opposites. It is on - But, apart from Christian Butterbach‘s response to it, I
did not even receive a single response, criticism of or supplement to it from any anarchist
or archist. – Since then I collected some more entries for it – but, because of lack of
response, I have not yet compiled them and submitted them for inclusion. - For
libertarians a similar spectrum may still have to be drafted, discussed and developed. I do
not know of any attempt to do so. Do you? - It is mainly the insufficient lack of interest in
the own affairs that has brought about and helps to maintain all the existing abuses, as
Ulrich von Beckerath used to remark repeatedly. – A similar lack of interest exists for
private human rights declarations on the road to develop an ideals one. – Can anyone
explain or justify this kind of lack of interest to me? – A libertarian ideas archive, and
libertarian current projects list as well as a libertarian directory indicating special
interests, would at least show, accessibly, what kind of interests do exist in the
movement. – The Internet has not yet sufficiently shown and interconnected them. - J.Z.,
ANARCHISM: Why, in the new world, does anarchy please me so well? Everyone lives
according to his ideas, that is also to my advantage. I leave everyone to his endeavor, so
that I can also live my kind of life.― – Goethe, Sprueche in Reimen, J.Z. rough tr. of:
―Warum mir aber in neuester Welt // Anarchie gar so wohl gefaellt? // Ein jeder lebt nach
seinem Sinn, // Das ist nun also auch mein Gewinn. // Ich lass‟ einem jeden sein
Bestreben, // Um auch nach meinem Sinn zu leben.― - PANARCHISM
ANARCHISM: Winston Churchill's saying that democracy is a very bad form of
government, but that the others are much worse, not realising that he was, in effect,
endorsing anarchism." – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/79. -
ANARCHISM: Without sufficient economic knowledge and interest anarchism amounts
mostly only to a kind of sectarian communism. - J.Z., 27.5.02, 20.8.02. - COMMUNISM,
ANARCHISM: You are a willful old woman! said O‟wa disgustedly. It was the strongest
protest that Bushman tradition allowed him. He could not command her, he could not
forbid her, A Bushman could only advise another, he had no rights over his fellows,
amongst them there were no chiefs nor captains, and all were equal, men and women,
young and old.‖ – Wilbur Smith, The Burning Shore, p. 244. – Why did they not, with
their peacefulness and ethics develop a technological civilization, capital, high
productivity and a high living standard? Perhaps because they were not warlike and were
thus driven, like the Eskimos, and Hopi Indians, into so unfertile regions that mere
survival activities occupied all their energies? – If they had managed to accumulate
wealth then they and it would then, probably, also not have been safe from their warlike
ANARCHISM: You are a willful old woman‟, said O‟wa disgustedly. It was the strongest
protest that Bushman tradition allowed him. He could not command her, he could not
forbid her. A Bushman could only advise another, he had no rights over his fellows,
amongst them there were no chiefs, nor captains, and all were equal, man and woman,
old and young.‖ – Wilbur Smith, The Burning Shore, Pan Books, 1986, p. 244. -
ANARCHIST: A believer in Anarchism; one opposed to all forms of coercive
government and invasive authority; an advocate of Anarchy, or absence of government,
as the ideal of political liberty and social harmony." - Fred Woodworth: Anarchism.
ANARCHISTS: ... anarchists and anti-authoritarian socialists, who alike attached a very
great importance to the spontaneity and initiative of the masses." – Paul Avrich, The
Russian Anarchists. - While at the same time they distrusted the spontaneity and initiative
of individuals and minorities, especially when practised by masses of them, as consumers
and producers on really free markets. - J.Z., 28.6.92.
ANARCHISTS: ... anarchists who insist that the current perversions in human behaviour
are not due to too little law, but to too much law, pointing out, for example, that it is
GOVERNMENTS that have authorised the great majority of the more brutal and
massively destructive acts witnessed in this century." - Beverly Woodward, Reason, Non-
violence, and Global Legal Change, p. 154, in: Philosophy, Morality and International
Affairs, ed. by Held & Morgenbesser & Nagel, O.U.P., 1974.
ANARCHISTS: ... as opponents of any authority and any government." - This typically
wrong definition stresses precisely the wrong and self-defeating aspects of "anarchistic"
beliefs. According to this doctrine even individually self-chosen and quite competitive
authorities and voluntary associations and their services must be opposed, i.e., authorities
and organizations which anyone may freely join or refuse to join, patronise or refuse to
patronise. Authorities and organisations from which individuals may freely secede are
equated with those from which they may not secede. Authorities and organizations in
which they are forced to invest and to which they are forced to contribute are equated
with those which ask for or levy contributions only from their voluntary members and
which invite but do not enforce investments in them. Territorialist coercion and
monopolies, extended over whole populations, are equated with exterritorial voluntarism
and autonomy for each of a multitude of freely competing or cooperating groups. Such
anarchists do not really know their enemies and what is right, rational and efficient for
themselves and for others. They have not recognized the voluntaristic and diversity
implications of anarchism. In wanting to completely destroy ―the‖ State, an institution
obviously still beloved by the majority, consisting of various statists, instead of merely
aiming at removing the coercive, monopolistic and exploitative features of States, they
unnecessarily provoke all statists and thus turn them from potential allies into bitter
enemies. Governments that are merely exterritorially autonomous, individually chosen by
their voluntary members and freely competing with each other - and with all non-
governmental free societies - are not the enemies at all but are rather potential and
numerous and powerful allies against all territorially imposed and monopolistic and
coercive governments. We should be almost as eager to promote such voluntary or
competing governments as we are in promoting anarchistic communities and networks.
For, if you come right down to the essentials, what would be the difference between their
frameworks? – And could we not rely upon the long-run attractiveness of rights and
liberties and an almost certain development towards liberties, especially when
compulsory tax burdens are compared with the tax relief involved in voluntary taxation
schemes inherent in all communities of volunteers, whether they are made up or radical
freedom lovers or of statists? – It would also be easy to prove how much better off old
people would be under the insurance and investment options of free societies. – The
degrees of liberty that the USA once offered attracted 50 million immigrants. How many
would have come if it had offered complete liberty as a matter of individual choice? How
long would it have taken the best freedom models to become widely copied all over the
world? - J.Z., 19.6.92, 27.1.93. – DIS.
ANARCHISTS: ... the absolutists of individual freedom." - Max Eastman, Reflections on
the Failure of Socialism, p.70. – Compare: "Freedom is always the freedom of the one
who disagrees with us, or who thinks otherwise."
ANARCHISTS: ... the old anarchists did not believe in property rights, as we do, and
they used chaos and fear to put forward their aims." - Mike Stanton, quoted in THE
SATURDAY EVENING MERCURY, Tasmania, 5.10.74. – Even he did then still think
of the old anarchists as mere terrorists. Had he read nothing e.g. by Tolstoy and Tucker?
– J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISTS: According to Mr. Herzog even these people (*) are not anarchists at all
but ANARCHLINGS. The true anarchist, he points out, rebels against any and all kinds
of authority. He wants to sink the boat, not merely rock it. The anarchling, or little
anarchist, is merely in flight from mass society and all its works. 'One kind of
anarchling', he says, 'is to be found sipping carrot juice at a health bar during his lunch
hour, with a copy of THE LAST WHOLE EARTH CATALOGUE..." - Mr. Arthur Herzog,
an American who was once consultant to the Peace Corps, PUNCH, 3.9.75. – (*) Above
there was a reference to Britain's real anarchists, publishing papers like BLACK FLAG,
ANARCHISTS: According to their press efforts: There were and are many anarchist
publications. But only few of them showed many insights and thoughts or made
worthwhile proposals or offered realistic programmes. What applies to all other general
ideas or ideals offered applies to them, too: "95% of Everything Is Crap!" All of the
remaining 10% has so far not been brought together, anywhere and by anyone and in any
medium. - J.Z., 29.3.91, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: All too many of the anarchists of the left are all too much on the side of
the criminals and rationalise their victims into exploiters and their crimes into acts of
liberation. Often they collect books to be donated to imprisoned criminals. I never heard
of them collecting books to be donated to the victims of criminals. Does anyone
prosecuted by the State thereby become more holy than others? - J.Z., 8.7.82, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Among anarchists there cannot be active and passive members. Only
insofar as someone can be active for anarchism , can he be an anarchist at all." - St. Ch.
Waldecke, Gedanken ueber Anarchie, 3. - So he would expect all anarchists in
dictatorships and totalitarian countries to become active - and thus suicidal. That can only
be the statement of - an armchair anarchist! - J.Z., 27.1.93. - ACTIVISM
ANARCHISTS: An anarchist is anyone who believes in less government than you do.‖ –
Robert LeFevre - JOKE
ANARCHISTS: An anarchist is one who rejects all forms of governmental authority." -
Michael Hough, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 10.7.72. - That applies only to the
territorial model of government, those which impose their power upon whole population
and do not allow dissenters to opt out and live under their own personal laws. With only
this territorial State model in mind, anarchists could not even define anarchism properly.
- J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchist: "A person more interested in his own fate than in who gets
elected to Congress." - Warren Goldberg.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchist: "One who disaffiliates himself from the machinations of
society and government in order to fulfil his personal quest." - Eugene E. Brussel. - I
would rather say: One who disaffiliates himself from the machinations of the Great
Machine ( the State of Spencer ) in order to reduce all his "external relations" to
voluntary relations with other individuals or free societies. – J.Z., n.d.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchist: ―One who doesn't have to have a cop to make him behave." -
Ammon Hennecy, THE VOLUNTARYIST, 4/89.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchist: One who advocates the separation of Existence and State. A
Thoreau-going Jeffersonian Democrat. A slave of anarchism. One who does his duty to
Durruti." - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists and Criminals: By siding with genuine criminals ( criminals
with victims ) some anarchists reveal criminal aspects in their own ideology. - J.Z.,
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists are generally only too willing to advocate or tolerate
secession of individuals or, preferably, anarchist groups, collectives or communities from
a State but not the disassociation of individuals from anarchistic societies and
communities and their re-association in exterritorially autonomous States of volunteers.
Nor are they ready to allow statists to voluntarily remain in exterritorially autonomous
States after all anarchists have seceded from them. They do share this basic intolerance in
common with statists and, e.g., some orthodox Muslims, who threaten anyone who would
dare to secede from Islam with the death penalty. No wonder, they are territorialists and
thus intolerantly in favour of the domination of their own ideals over those of all others in
"their" territory. - J.Z., 24.9.84, 27.1.93. - I find it shocking that even after centuries of
large degrees of at least religious liberty or religious tolerance so many people are still
not subscribing to it but are, instead, involved in more or less religious wars and civil
wars. That there is not a single country in the world in which all liberties are practised,
not only religious liberty but also economic, political and social liberty, all only among
volunteers - does not help matters at all. - J.Z., 25.9.02.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists are people who read each other out of the anarchist
movement! – J.Z., 27.12.95. – Each anarchist sect believes to be in possession of the only
anarchist truths. – That makes them intolerant and authoritarian towards other kinds of
anarchists, not only towards all statists. – That voluntarism, combined with exterritorial
autonomy has a framework for the peaceful coexistence of all kinds of anarchists, even
with all kinds of statists, has mostly escaped their notice. – J.Z., 21.9.08. –
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists can't win ( anarchy for themselves ) as long as anarchists are
at war even with themselves, instead of being tolerant towards each other and all others
when and to the extent that each group is aiming at or doing only its own things for or to
its members. - J.Z., 20.4.84, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists have so far been their own worst enemies. – J.Z., 18.1.95. –
And most of them are still unaware of this fact. – J.Z., 21.9.08.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists have, mostly, not pondered individual sovereignty,
exterritorial autonomy and voluntary associationism and complete voluntarism as
essential features of non-governmentalism and free societies. Most do still subscribe to
egalitarianism, collectivism, communism, socialism, territorial decentralization, trade
unionism, syndicalism etc., really merely secondary choices, as if they were the primary
values. They largely ignore consistent mutual tolerance and voluntaristic options made
possible by exterritorial autonomy under personal laws and rules, the full range of
individual rights and liberties, especially in the economic sphere, the importance of free
choice and free contracts and of free market relationships between those, who otherwise
disagree with each other. – They think and behave all too much like religious sectarians.
– But they are not yet as tolerant as most of these have by now become in most countries.
- J.Z., n.d. & 21.9.08.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists insisted that freedom can be preserved only in small
voluntary groups, and that mass participation in the politics of a large state is an
impossibility.‖ - David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p. 6. - This is largely true for
territorial organisations but not for exterritorial ones. The latter could be larger than large
modern States and still consist only of like-minded volunteers. ( E.g., like the Catholic
Church. ) However, the membership might fluctuate in numbers, with ongoing
fluctuations of opinions. No one would be bound to stay in them longer than they wanted
to, apart from a short and agreed upon withdrawal period. Degrees of participation in
political decision-making are all only for those who do want them. Many are ready to
subscribe to what they believe to be expert opinions. On the other hand, the individual
rights and liberties sphere of voluntary members might be fully utilised by them,
according to their anarchistic "constitution" and thus any common and internal "politics"
between them would be minimised or even disappear. Among their voluntary members
they might only have laissez-faire or the consumer sovereignty and free enterprise
competition of a free market, in which each votes with his dollars and anyone would
consider any participation of others in his own free choices of this kind, except as a
wanted consultant, as an impertinence. Market relationships could one day come to cover
the world, without any single "organization", in which all would ―participate‖. - J.Z.,
28.2.88, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists largely agree on the words anarchy and anarchism – but that
is almost all they do agree upon. – J.Z., 22.12.95. – Their secondary preferences, which
they have often turned into their primary one, assure numerous schisms among
themselves, which cannot be peacefully settled under territorialism. – Naturally, apart
from the limited agreements within the various anarchist sects. – Thus they are not only
largely at war among themselves but also at war against most of the various sects of the
statists. - J.Z., 21.9.08.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists of course shared this perception with elitists; large-scale
organization necessarily involves oligarchy, particularly in the case of compulsory
associations like the State. Instead of welcoming oligarchy, which is the invariable
companion of organisation, they rejected both.‖ - Source? Probably also from David
Nicholls, The Pluralist State. - Even if oligarchies were always involved, an oligarchy
from which one can individually secede would be different from one which would not
permit that. The scope of the organization, the number of its constitutional functions,
would also be decisive in judging such an organization and the power of its aristocracy or
bureaucracy. Take for instance the constitution of Na Griamel, proposed for the New
Hebrides by libertarians. According to my memory and due only to international law
requirements, they were just to have two powers: passports and international postal
services. Hardly an aristocracy in the usual sense. As for defence preparations, to the
extent that they might still be needed: They might be taken over by autonomous local
militias of volunteers for the protection of individual rights and their international
federation. Their officers would all be elected, recallable and subject to organized
disobedience and resistance if they ever gave wrongful orders, and to instant dismissal
and replacement. No "aristocratic" powers would be left for them. There might also
remain so few "common decisions" to be made in a world-wide panarchy of freedom
lovers, that these could be made by referendum - with either postal or electronic voting.
The minority of dissenters might opt out. Small, natural and optimal sizes of
organisations apply largely only to organizations that do require frequent interactions and
cooperation towards a common aim, e.g. some trade or production activity. And if these
are properly organised, with all creative energies released and applied, then the job
commands, rather an any person. Free Trade and Free Enterprise need specialists but
hardly aristocrats. All their specialists are under contract. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists opposed government, not because they disbelieve in
punishment of crime and resistance to aggression, but because they disbelieve in
compulsory protection.‖ - Carl Watner, JLS, Fall 77, p.308. - Even protection should not
be compulsory, neither for privately organized protection rackets nor for official ones. -
J.Z., 21.11.82, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists seem to forever merely to define and introduce anarchism to
each other or to concentrate on anarchist history and biographies rather than on future
anarchist possibilities. – J.Z., 14.12.05. – I miss e.g. anarchist full employment, anti-
inflation, free trade and housing programs that show enough economic interest and
knowledge, an anarchist defence, liberation and revolution program of sufficient
tolerance for dissenters who are tolerant towards them. – Instead of ―anarchism only for
anarchists‖ and each type of anarchism only for its volunteers, they aim at anarchism for
all people in a territory and thereby they act as authoritarians and as their own worst
enemies. Max Nettlau and Gustav Landauer are among the few exceptions. - J.Z.,
14.12.05, 30.10.07.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists seem to forever merely to define and introduce anarchism to
each other or to concentrate on anarchist history and biographies rather than on future
anarchist possibilities. – J.Z., 14.12.05. – I miss e.g. anarchist full employment, anti-
inflation, free trade and housing programs that show enough economic interest and
knowledge, an anarchist defence, liberation and revolution program or sufficient
tolerance for dissenters who are tolerant towards them. – Instead of ―anarchism only for
anarchists‖ and each type of anarchism only for its volunteers, they aim at anarchism for
all people in a territory and thereby act as authoritarians and as their own worst enemies.
Max Nettlau and Gustav Landauer are among the few exceptions. - J.Z., 14.12.05,
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists unite!‖ - Tony Waters, in "GEGENSCHEIN" No. 11. – Why
should they, when they are so different from each other. The only thing they should unite
on is tolerance for all kinds of tolerant other anarchists, libertarians and statists. To make
that possible they should promote voluntary membership for all of them and the
confinement of their communities to exterritorial autonomy. – J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists want real authorities, real laws, real order. - J.Z., 22.12.78. -
But they are satisfied enough with having them for themselves and being merely optional
for all others. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists want to abolish the State and everyone to become or live as
anarchists. Panarchists want only to abolish the coercive and monopolistic, i.e.,
especially, the territorialist features of the State and, otherwise, preserve it but only for
the statists. They want only anarchists to live as anarchists, while adherents of all other
ideologies would remain free to live according to their personal choices. - J.Z., 20.8.89,
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists want to destroy State power, not seize it. Freedom must have
a social form, of course, ..." - Bakunin.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists will be able to get along with and in the world only once they
have learned to get along with each other as a first step towards achieving a modus
vivendi or peaceful coexistence or panarchistic relationship with all those other types of
anarchists and the masses of non-anarchists. - J.Z., 29.6.92, 6.11.08.
ANARCHISTS: Anarchists without economic knowledge and interest are either
emotional utopians, mere protesting artists or even, worst of all, authoritarian and
coercive activists, misled by one or the other non-anarchistic and anti-freedom and anti-
human rights ideology, which they imagine everyone else ought to subscribe to or abide
by. Only if and when they do not attempt to rule over and rob all those who disagree with
them, i.e., when they only aim at and practice the autonomous management of their own
affairs, are they true anarchists, voluntarists, individualists etc. - J.Z., 21.6.91, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Anarcho-anarchists ... those who attach no this or that to limit their
tolerance..." - Steve Halbrook, ANARCHY 8.
ANARCHISTS: Anarcho-Biocosmicists: According to Maksimov, the Universalists who
had rejoiced in the outbreak of the Kronstadt insurrection, were succeeded by a more
subservient group called the 'Anarcho-Biocosmicists', which pledged unwavering support
to the Soviet government and solemnly declared its intention to launch a social revolution
'in interplanetary space but not upon Soviet territory.'" - Maximoff, The Guillotine at
Work, p. 362, in Paul Avrich, The Russian Anarchists, 231. - Under threat for their very
lives, by the secret police, I can very well imagine that some anarchists made such
statements with a serious face and all kinds of mental reservations. It can save one's life if
one is not taken serious by those in power. Later, when the Soviets wanted to expand
their empire into space, too, it might have been less safe to make such remarks. - J.Z.,
ANARCHISTS: Anarchy can only exist where people are anarchists and to the extent
that they are anarchists." - St. Ch. Waldecke, Gedanken ueber Anarchie, 3. – That is so
self-evident that I wonder why he bothered to state it as a truth. - How many anarchists
does it take to form an anarchist society for anarchists? Would statists resist them as
much if anarchists proposed separate panarchies for statists instead of abolition of the
State even for all statists? Anarchists as advocates for full exterritorial autonomy not only
for themselves but for all dissenting minorities could get very many allies and also
sympathizers for their own causes, even though not necessarily many subscribers. But by
setting themselves up as enemies of all but their own kind and other kinds of anarchists
they really set themselves up and become their own worst enemies. Moreover, they are
not even very tolerant and well informed about their own varieties of anarchism and split
into many directly opposed groups, which I tried to list shortly in my anarchist spectrum
on - If anarchists took their own varieties
seriously enough then they would complete this survey and thoroughly discuss all these
differences. This might then make them a bit more tolerant not only among themselves
but also towards other freedom lovers, like the various libertarians and even towards all
kinds of statist idealists and utopians, - as long as these do not longer insist in a territorial
monopoly for themselves. No longer should they declare ―the State‖ to be the enemy, to
be abolished, but only the territorial nature and the compulsory membership and
compulsory subordination of the State. Without these features all States would,
essentially, be reduced to communities of volunteers doing their kinds of things for or to
each other – as is their right! – If these statists then regarded all kinds of anarchists and
libertarians as mere fools, impractical idealists etc. –suppression of anarchist and
libertarian tolerant experiments would be much less likely and tolerance of them much
more. Anarchists are only suppressed when they are feared. If the exterritorialist
anarchists and libertarians then took the initiative to form an international federation of
all suppressed minorities, one that advocated full exterritorial autonomy for all of them,
they would find numerous statists allies of all kinds, who would push for this autonomy
not only for themselves but as well as for all the diverse anarchists and libertarian ―sects‖
in the same way as all religious believers and non-religious people at one stage stood
together in most countries for religious tolerance or religious liberty. In our times its
equivalent in the political, economic and social sphere could become very attractive to
masses of people, in all their varieties of freedom lovers and governmentalists, especially
once the first experiments to e.g. overcome involuntary unemployment and inflation are
already successful and widely imitated. Guess who would be successful with such
experiments? – Politicians would realize that by getting rid of all their involuntary
subjects, often trouble-makers, they could created lasting sinecures for themselves, as
long as they have any true believers left. – They could also make cheap and peaceful
―conquests‖ by signing up like-minded people in other countries. A tiny model State
could become a world-wide one – for its volunteers. – There are already many large
territorial States that have members from over 100 diverse ethnic groups, nationalities
and religious, e.g. the USA, Russia, Canada and Australia. – International Corporations
or Multinationals have shown, just like the large churches, that they can have members in
numerous other countries. - J.Z., 5.11.08.
ANARCHISTS: Archism over all criminals with victims. Anarchism for non-invasive
people. - J.Z. 1981, 27.1.93. - States for statists, anarchism for anarchists and thus
panarchies for both - and all others, according to their personal choices. - J.Z., 27.1.93. -
ANARCHISTS: As an individualist anarchist I disagree with most other anarchists,
except that I favour exterritorial autonomy for their volunteer groups as well as for
volunteer groups of statists. Even on this tolerance for tolerant actions we do tend to
disagree. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Auberon Herbert is dead. He was a true anarchist in everything but
name. How much better ( and how much rarer ) to be an anarchist in everything but
name than to be an anarchist in name only!" - Tucker's announcement of Herbert's death
in LIBERTY, vol. 15, no. 6, p. 16. - Quoted in Mack‘s edition of Auberon Herbert, p.20.
ANARCHISTS: But all anarchists do agree that the abolition of coercive political
authority would liberate us to be genuine social animals; all appeal to a principle of
voluntary cooperation, personality, personal freedom, self-realization, are shared
values." - David Wiek, ANARCHY 8.
ANARCHISTS: But many who raise the loudest outcry against state encroachments
upon individual or group freedom are the most ardent supporters, or the most
complacently tolerant, of other forms of social coercion." - W. A. Dunning, A History of
Political Theories, Recent Times, p.115. - To the extent that they aim to destroy or ignore
the property rights of others and to enslave the more productive for the benefit of the less
productive people, they do live in a dream-world when they imagine that they could do
this merely via non-violent persuasion. - J.Z., 27.1.93. – NON-VIOLENCE &
ANARCHISTS: Communism has been and is the opium for most anarchists - because of
their ignorance of and disinterest in true economics. - J.Z., 10.3.87, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Communist Anarchists and Bolsheviks, Resemblances: Both favour
class wars and mass revolutions, collectivism, territorialism, unions, strikes, general
strikes. Both are against private property, individualism, voluntarism, profit, monetary
freedom, free exchange, free trade, free pricing, free contracts and opposed to individual
rights, especially economic individual rights. Both are anti-capitalistic, socialistic and
against landlords. Both have some non-violent segments and some violent revolutionaries
and terrorists among them. The communist anarchists rather favour decentralized
collectives while the Bolsheviks favour a centralisation of state powers. The Bolsheviks
are as a rule better organised and self-disciplined, more committed and less hedonistic
than the communist anarchists are. - J.Z., n.d.
ANARCHISTS: Communist anarchists seem to think that it is obligatory for anarchists
not to respect property rights or even to destroy them. Must they be archists over property
rights? What is left of the freedom of man when he is deprived of all property rights, even
self-ownership? Nothing at all. To that extent communist anarchists are neither anarchists
nor freedom lovers but some of the worst statists. However, to the extent that they intend
to and practice their anti-property notions only among their voluntary members, they
remain anarchists, however self-defeating their actions may become. Maybe they do need
this kind of practical self-enlightenment. - J.Z., 3/88, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Do anarchists need a practical programme for our times? Anarchists are
probably the only ones who could supply such a programme. - J.Z., 1986.
ANARCHISTS: Do you know the man against whom you have most reason to guard
yourself? Your looking glass will give you a very fair likeness of his face." - Richard
Whately. – The anarchist response to my anarchist spectrum on has so far been almost zero. They march off in
all directions at once, with each believing that he would rightfully lead all the others and
they remain even unaware that many to most of the others have other and different aims
for themselves. And they do not try to dissolve their differences by subscribing to a
common framework that would allow each different group to do its own things. They still
subscribe, just like the statists, to territorialism and its inherent intolerance. – Thus they
are still involved in their equivalent to religious warfare. - J.Z., 6.11.08. - SELF-
ANARCHISTS: Do you really want to be lumped with all of those calling themselves
anarchists? I don't. - J.Z., 7.9.85. – Are you quite tolerant of all the different types of
anarchists? If not, then why should you expect archists to be tolerant of all different kinds
of anarchists? You are certainly not tolerant of any of the archists. And why not? Because
you, like the archists, are still intolerant territorialists, with no other and better model in
mind than territorialism! It sets anarchists against each other and against the statists and
statists against each other and against the anarchists. It is a prescription for civil war, war
or domination and repression only. – J.Z., 6.11.08. – TERRITORIALISM & ITS
ANARCHISTS: Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe." - Theodor Roosevelt,
Speech, 1913. - Possibly the anarchist movement has a larger lunatic fringe than most
other movements. Only the religious movements may exceed them in this. Maybe the
basic anarchistic notion of non-domination is interpreted by many to mean: Anything
goes! and that would attract the lunatic fringe to the anarchist movement. - J.Z., 7.9.85,
22.6.92, 27.1.93. - REFORMERS & LUNATICS
ANARCHISTS: For almost every archist error, myth, dogma and prejudice the various
anarchists provide one or even several of their own. – J.Z., 29.12.95. – It is thus no
wonder that they never got anywhere as yet. They have not even agreed on full
experimental freedom for all kinds of anarchists and for all kinds of statists as well, in the
same country and even world-wide, which is possible under full exterritorial autonomy
for all kinds of voluntary communities. – I do respect and honor the few exceptions from
this rule. - J.Z., 20.9.08.
ANARCHISTS: harm their own cause more than the non-anarchists do.- J.Z., 30.6.92.
ANARCHISTS: He's no longer a crazy anarchist, a restless rebel, he's got sense into his
head, he's grown up." - Oriana Fallaci, A Man, 447. – He is only grown up once he
demands no more and no less than full exterritorial autonomy for all kinds of different
groups of volunteers, anarchists as well as archists. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHISTS: How many would remain if one were to cut out all those who only
bothered to read one or up to 2 dozen anarchist books and managed to ignore all others
and, especially, those books refuting many to most of the doctrines in their favorite and
all too limited reading matter? Even if they are atheists, they tend to have this limited
reading, interest and knowledge in common with most religious people. – J.Z., 10.8.99,
ANARCHISTS: I am also for anarchists: Let them do their own thing - at their own risk
and for their own benefit. - J.Z. 2/75. - Since their economics are mostly wrong, they will
either cease to be left wing or communist anarchists or finally learn to appreciate free
market economics and become anarcho capitalists or free market anarchists etc. - J.Z.,
26.1.93, 5.11.08.
ANARCHISTS: I am an anarchist, like any other sensible person". - Merlyn the
magician, in T. H. White, The Book of Merlyn, p. 42 &124.
ANARCHISTS: I am not a majority but a minority anarchist. - J.Z., 26.9.91.
ANARCHISTS: I consider it terrible that our movement, everywhere, is degenerating
into a swamp of petty personal squabbles, accusations & recriminations." - Alexander
Berkman, letter to Senya and Mollie Fleshin. Emma Goldman added a P.S.: "Dear
Children, I agree entirely with Sasha. I am sick at heart over the poison of insinuations,
charges, accusations in our ranks. If that will not stop, there is no hope for a revival of
our movement.‖ – Paul Avrich, The Russian Anarchists, p.243/4. - That factionalism is
the inevitable consequence of most anarchists, in spite of the great diversity of views
among them, being able to perceive only an intolerant realisation of anarchism, one on a
territorial basis, for themselves and for whole populations. Each anarchist sect wants its
particular variation of the faith thus generally realised. With this recipe for disaster they
must clash, not only with each other but with all statists, who, if they were also confined
to another model, an exterritorial and voluntaristic one, could become quite tolerable for
anarchists, might even become allies. By leaving dissenters and opponents no other way
out, no alternative path to their particular sectarian anarchistic and supposedly universal
ideal, not universally perceived as such, they demand in practice their unconditional
surrender. Instead, they should adopt for quite rightful peace and war aims, not only
towards other anarchist faiths but also to all governmental ones - provided the latter are,
likewise, organized volunteers only and aim merely at exterritorial autonomy for
themselves as well as for all other societies of volunteers. - J.Z., 27.1.93. – Alas, this
exterritorialist and personal law model for peaceful coexistence remains still largely
unknown or unappreciated in the political, economic and social spheres – although it is
daily practised by billions of very diverse people in all other spheres, those not
monopolized by territorial governments and does essentially merely amount to
experimental freedom for all. – J.Z., 6.11.08. - SCHISMS, INFIGHTING, FACTIONS,
ANARCHISTS: I have known people who, for everything in the world, would not have
admitted to be anarchists and who, according to the conduct of their whole lives and by
their respect for the freedom of others were, nevertheless, anarchists." - John Henry
Mackay, Abrechnung, S.166.
ANARCHISTS: I know human beings who made themselves familiar with the scientific
theory of anarchism to an extent that deserves recognition but who, in their loud
aggressiveness trample down the most simple principles of liberty. For them only the own
liberty counts. They are individualists but not anarchists." – John Henry Mackay,
Abrechnung, S..167.
ANARCHISTS: If only most anarchists had become similarly passionate students of
economics! - J.Z., 30.3.85. And of the exterritorial and personal law opportunities for
mutual tolerance! – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHISTS: Imperial anarchs doubling human woes." - Byron, 1818, Child Hr. II,
XIV. - Did he mean authoritarian anarchists or chaoist emperors? - J.Z.
ANARCHISTS: In a word, we reject all legislation, all authority, and all privileged,
licensed, official, and legal influence, even though rising from universal suffrage,
convinced that it can turn only to the advantage of a dominant minority of exploiters
against the interests of the immense majority in subjection to them. - This is the sense in
which we are really anarchists." - Michael Bakunin, 1814-1876, in God and the State,
1871. - What he was attacking was, naturally, the territorial, monopolistic, coercive,
unified State with an exclusive sovereignty and compulsory membership, which is almost
the only one practised then and today. In other words, what he said does not apply to
exterritorially autonomous associations of volunteers. - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: In the first or looser sense, an 'anarchist' is anyone who does not accept
the social dictum that the mere enactment of a law by a government makes obedience to
that law morally necessary - and who consequently would resort to passive or even
forcible civil disobedience in some circumstances...." – “It is surely possible to believe
that the laws and actions of government are justified and morally binding if and only if
they correspond to natural law." - Michael Hough, in LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION,
ANARCHISTS: Instead of making themselves fundamentally and radically tolerant, in
their aims, methods, means and actions, towards all tolerant organizations, aims and
practices, they have made themselves, by their own definitions and interpretations and
inclinations, extremely intolerant towards all those who disagree with them and want to
act differently, even when these dissenters show no aggressive intention or actions
against anarchists and anarchistic activities among anarchists. They tacitly or expressly
assume that all non-anarchists must inevitably aim at or suppress all anarchistic activities.
But that is no more sensible than to assume that every chief cook of a hotel would
conspire or act to coercively place his own favourite dish upon every table in the country
and force everyone to eat it, too. The fact that most statists are intolerant, even towards
tolerant actions, should not make all anarchists likewise intolerant even towards tolerant
actions, aims, authorities and organizations. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Is the use of coercion ever justified? Where this question is concerned it
might seem that the response of the anarchists will be 'no' and that of everyone else 'of
course.' This does not advance us very far." - Beverly Woodward, Reason, Non-violence,
and Global Legal Change, p. 160, in: Philosophy, Morality and International Affairs, ed.
by Held & Morgenbesser & Nagel, O.U.P., 1974.
ANARCHISTS: It is also the claim of anarchists that government and States are
INVOLUNTARY AND INVASIVE institutions originated and maintained for the purpose
of protecting and enforcing antisocial rights." (*) - Laurance Labadie, Economics and
Anarchy, LIBERTY, Summer 74. – Rather ―monopolies‖ or ‗wrongful claims‖ rather
than ―antisocial rights‖. – J.Z.
ANARCHISTS: It is nothing to be proud of when one says that one is an anarchist.‖ – (
―Das ist ja keine Ehre wenn man sagt man ist Anarchist.") - T.M., 29.11.84. – Most
anarchists, just like most statists, are still merely another type of territorialists and thus of
intolerant authoritarians, who want to impose their own favorite system upon all
dissenters. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHISTS: It is possible, therefore, to hold that the long-continued substitution of
an 'external' source of decision for an 'internal' one is always harmful (because
preventing the achievement of autonomy ) without coming to the conclusion that every
particular instance of the replacement of will by will is necessarily harmful..." - Beverly
Woodward, Reason, Non-violence, and Global Legal Change, p. 163/64, in: Philosophy,
Morality and International Affairs, ed. by Held & Morgenbesser & Nagel, O.U.P., 1974.
ANARCHISTS: It is sometimes forgotten that the thorough-going anarchist should be
anarchistic not only with respect to the State, which is one outstanding kind of voluntary
or involuntary association, but with respect to ALL associations: it is rule itself (arche) to
which it is opposed." - William Leon McBride, An Ideal Model and the "Democratic"
Failure, in NOMOS, XI: Voluntary Associations, p. 212. - Precisely because only rule in
the sense of domination is objected to by dissenters, only it should be opposed. It implies
an imposition, a territorial one, for consenters and dissenters alike. This ―model‖, utopia
or ―ideal‖ suppresses alternative societies, i.e. competing and voluntary governments,
exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, all freely and peacefully
coexisting with their diverse network relationships and competing with each other in the
same territory, for more voluntary members, just like business enterprises, sports clubs or
sects do. Inevitably, all would have, as a result of their voluntary membership, also only
voluntary contributors, and individually asked-for authorities ( like we enjoy now a free
choice among doctors, architects, engineers, barbers and interior decorators. ). Another
analogy is that of replacing an e.g., Catholic hierarchy not by totally abolishing all
religion and all religious organisations and actions but by replacing a particular territorial
and monopolistic hierarchy by religious freedom and tolerance, not only for religious
believers of all kinds but also for non-believers: atheists, rationalists, freethinkers,
agnostics and humanists and also for the remaining volunteers of the previously one and
only church. Would any of the non-religious people even have survived if they had
attempted, like many anarchists try to do in their field, to destroy all religious beliefs,
organizations and cult actions? Would the chances for atheists etc. even be good in our
time, if they pursued such an intolerant policy, rather than continuing to provide
enlightenment via counter-teachings and by trying to set better personal examples
through their own lives? - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: It is the policeman, says the anarchist, who makes the criminal; remove
the one and the other disappears. (*) The communist utopian, on the other hand, puts all
the blame for social disorder on the institution of private property (**); abolish that
institution ( with or without force, according to the utopian's conceit ), and the 'good
society' will follow as a matter of course. ( Incidentally, most anarchistic utopians would
also abolish private property by the very force they decry; apparently, force is
commendable when it is used by the right person for the right purpose. ) The anarchistic
premise, that the policeman came before and made the thief, is lacking in historical
support; the sheriff came only because cattle rustling called for him. The communistic
premise, that private property is the root of all social evil, assumes that man works for
the sake of working, and without regard for the prospect of possession and enjoyment.
Neither premise coincides with observable experience, and therefore the syllogisms built
on each hangs in the mid-air of unreality. - Significantly, all utopian programs pay
considerable attention to the political organization of man. The philosophical anarchist (
relying on the perfectibility of man through education ) is convinced that when the
individual comes to his senses he will not need or tolerate the State." - Frank Chodorov,
The Rise and Fall of Society, p.154. – - (*) This does apply e.g. to prohibition, the anti-
vice acts and the drug laws and their enforcement: The victimless ―crimes‖ legislatively
established. - - (**) and ignores even self-ownership. We are to live for others rather than
for ourselves. See under ALTRUISM. - J.Z.
ANARCHISTS: Lenin, quoting a passage from Engels' 'Anti-Duehring', had accused the
anarchists of naivety (in) desiring to abolish the state 'overnight'." - Lenin, Sochineniia,
XXI, 410, quoted in Paul Avrich, The Russian Anarchists, p.167. - That was and is naive.
Realistic would have been and is now only the aim of "anarchism for anarchists, all the
different kinds of anarchisms for all the different kinds of anarchists." It is quite naive to
aim at instant anarchism for all non-anarchists as well. - J.Z., 28.6.92. - For the others, the
multitudes of different archies and the multitudes of their statists, their true believers, the
aim of the freedom lovers must simply be to deprive them of their present absolutist,
territorial, sovereign, coercive powers over others, as all revolutionaries would do, but
without depriving them of their own beloved governments, great leaders, gurus and
authorities once they have lost all those features which endanger their opponents. Upon a
close look, all the remaining and still wanted governments, when all dissenters have
effectively seceded from them and set up their own free societies for themselves, would
just be "free societies of statists", voluntary associations, very similar in their basic
framework to that of the anarchistic, libertarian and other voluntary associations. Only
internally, among their remaining faithful, which would be very numerous indeed, at least
initially and for years to decades to come, they would then simply continue their current
statist practices, as long as they would be prepared to put up with them. They would be
among their own, without any internal fundamental opposition. That is and should be
their affair, their business, their responsibility and their risk and expense. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Many anarchists, to be sure, do reject all governmental institutions on
the grounds that all government rests on coercion. Or at least this is their apparent line
of argument. In fact, though, it often turns out, upon further questioning, that many such
individuals do not think that ALL coercion is objectionable. Forcibly preventing a person
from suffering harm or from doing himself harm is often considered morally acceptable (
e.g., forcibly removing a child who has crawled out into the middle of a street and does
not want to move or stopping a distraught person, who is about to jump off a high
building.) (Footnote 9 begins with: "In politics we usually have to do with situations
much more complex than these." And it concludes with: "What is arguable regards the
sorts of measures and the kinds of cases.") (*) Forcibly interrupting a chain of events or
an action that would do others harm may also seem acceptable ( anarchists in the U.S.
have in recent times been involved in the destruction of draft board files and in the
sabotage of weapons; many anarchists would see nothing wrong with directly or
indirectly effectively disarming an individual or group about to commit an act of
aggression ). To say that such actions may be considered acceptable by the anarchist is
not to say that they would necessarily be considered ALTOGETHER desirable or that
coercion would be considered in itself a good thing or even 'value-free'..." - Beverly
Woodward, Reason, Non-violence, and Global Legal Change, p. 160/61, in: Philosophy,
Morality and International Affairs, ed. by Held & Morgenbesser & Nagel, O.U.P., 1974.
- - (*) Such a child is not yet a fully free person but is to remain for a while under
guardianship. A suicide candidate is mostly "not quite himself" and later, back to normal,
quite thankful for the preventative coercive act. If not, in most cases, he could try again,
when nobody is there to stop him. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Marxism and other forms of sectarian and egalitarian communism
constitute the opium of most of the anarchists. – J.Z., 13.5.99. They are so addicted to it
that they will not read and seriously consider the literature written to refuse their faith.
Only the own free experience within their own peaceful and competitive panarchies
might cure the curable among them of their remaining flaws, so far removed from the
anarchism that consists, essentially, of voluntarism, which can be fully practised only
under exterritorial autonomy and personal laws or rules. – J.Z., 21.9.08. –
ANARCHISTS: Most anarchists are egalitarian expropriators rather than anarchists. They
want to impose these two false ideas & practices, contrary to their pretended anarchistic
beliefs. - J.Z., 28.6.92, 25.9.02.
ANARCHISTS: Most anarchists are just advocates of local self-government, on a very
small scale, and have not yet advanced, beyond this model, to fully individualistic and
voluntarily cooperative personal law associations on the basis of full exterritorial
autonomy. - J.Z., 30.12.82, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Most anarchists are just deviationist archists. They still want enforced
territorial uniformity - but on different subjects and on different levels. Thus, like
archists, they clash even with each other. - J.Z., 14.11.82. – TERRITORIALISM VS.
ANARCHISTS: Most anarchists don't believe in kings, prime ministers and dictators as
"great leaders", on the contrary. However, they are just as loyal to their particular heroes
and prophets. - J.Z., 11.8.82, 27.1.93. - PERSONALITY CULT
ANARCHISTS: Most anarchists have still to discover the anarchy of the free market and
how it could be applied to political organizations and their services as well, voluntarily
and exterritorially. I.e., they remain unaware of the panarchistic and exterritorially
autonomous options for communities of volunteers. - J.Z., 29.11.92, 27.1.93. –
ANARCHISTS: Most anarchists, who simply propose to "abolish government(s)", do
overlook the historical experience that most actual governments, that were ever
abolished, were abolished by new or other governments. Even when they were abolished
from below, by revolutions, then these were usually carried out by a majority or strong
minority of statists who had nothing better to do than to shout: ―The king is dead. Long
live the king!‖ or: The old government is abolished. Long live the new government." If
they ponder this reality and also how unhappy most statists are with their statist
"achievements", then they will come to merely aim at competitive and tolerant anarchies
for themselves and competitive and tolerant archies for archists, all on the basis of
exterritorial autonomy - for volunteers and their particular desired experiments. Freedom
to experiment with like-minded volunteers in the political, economic and social spheres
as well, maximise the speed of enlightenment and progress among the experimenters. The
imposition of anarchy upon all, regardless of the illusions and wishes of the vast majority,
is not any better than the imposition of uniform and territorial governments upon
numerous dissenting and more or less enlightened minorities. Both are war aims rather
than peace aims. Both prevent peaceful coexistence and competitive developments. Both
fail to maximise individual responsibilities and creative incentives. Both offer only what
they want themselves and what they think others ought to want, rather than leaving others
free to pursue their lives and happiness in their own way. They have all too much in
common with each other, all too much that suppresses individual liberties and rights and
individual sovereignty or consumer sovereignty in all spheres. Both have totalitarian
aspirations for their ideologies. - J.Z., 25.4.93, 27.1.93. – PANARCHISM,
ANARCHISTS: No anarchist should presume to speak and act for all other anarchists
but, at most, for all those who share his particular ideals and programme. Nor, as an
anarchist, should he attempt to force his ideals upon any archists. He may only usurp
freedom and defend it against any further encroachments by the State. Even this can be
done in a way that does not promote civil war. Anarchism of any kind or colour only for
anarchists of that kind and colour. - Statism of any kind only for that kind of statists. That
requires exterritorial autonomy for volunteers - or panarchism. Properly timed, anarchists
could successfully, e.g. via free market economics among themselves and those who join
them, solve economic major problems which the governments are, apparently, unable to
solve for us, e.g. mass unemployment and inflation. Such incomplete secession and self-
determination actions could then become more and more numerous and finally lead to
complete secessions and exterritorially autonomous volunteer communities." - J.Z.,
13.10.92, 26.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: On most points I am not a majoritarian or consider myself as part of a
majority but, rather a minoritarian or individualist who favours individual sovereign
choices. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Only self-thinking, self-knowing and self-deciding people can be
anarchists." - St. Ch. Waldecke, Gedanken ueber Anarchie, p.3. – Although they are
hardly scholars and thinkers, as far as economics is concerned, collectivist or communist
anarchism should also be an option for their volunteers. They should be granted full
exterritorial status to do their things to themselves without what they perceive to be
archies. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Only the particular and additional notions which most anarchists have of
anarchism are impractical or wrong in most cases, not the basic anarchistic idea itself. -
J.Z., 11.6.91. All these wrong and impractical notions they could and should freely
experiment with voluntarily and tolerantly in their own exterritorial communities of
volunteers, at their own risk and expense. That would be the only truly anarchistic and
also fastest and cheapest way to enlighten them on these notions. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: People who call themselves anarchists but who try to impose their kind
of anarchism upon other anarchists and upon archists, are not really anarchists but
archists themselves. In their way most anarchists are just as intolerant and authoritarian as
most archists are and they do not notice this basic contradiction in their beliefs. They are
still primarily, even though largely unconsciously and in a decentralist way, territorialists,
never having seriously considered the exterritorialist options of voluntaristic autonomy
for all. Moreover, while they call themselves anarchists, they really have other ideals, like
communism or collectivism, as their primary ideals, and with regard to these they are
intolerant and see anarchism only as a way for them to realize them not only for
themselves but for all others, too. To that extent they are still authoritarians, nationalists,
imperialists, and even totalitarians, just like the early Protestants were, before they
learned to demand not only toleration for themselves but were also willing to grant it to
others. - J.Z., 13.10.92, 27.1.93. – TOLERANCE, INTOLERANCE
ANARCHISTS: Playboy: But no man is without ambition. What's yours? - Hess: I want
to be the perfect anarchist. - Playboy: Which is? Hess: A good friend, good lover, good
neighbor. - Playboy: That's all there is to being an anarchist? - Hess: What did you
expect, a lot of rules? - Playboy: We expected one rule: 'Resist authority at all cost.'" -
PLAYBOY, 7/76. - Ridicule is the method Hess recommends. - RULES, AUTHORITY,
ANARCHISTS: Some anarchists are more against what they misperceive to be
capitalism than they are against what they perceive to be the State and State actions. –
J.Z., 13.5.99. – They do not even realize that e.g. exterritorial and voluntary States are not
their enemies but that only territorial States with involuntary subjects are. – J.Z., 21.9.08.
ANARCHISTS: Some anarchists talk and act as if criminals, in spite of their crimes,
crimes with victims, were more on the side of justice and freedom than governments are
in suppressing these criminals. Either ignorance and prejudices or criminality itself
distinguishes these anarchists. - Political "crimes" and "crimes" without victims are,
naturally, another matter. In suppressing real criminals and in rehabilitating them the
State is usually no more moral and efficient than in anything else it tackles. - J.Z., 8.7.82,
27.1.93, 5.11.08. - CRIMINALS
ANARCHISTS: Some anarchists will argue that ALL governmental coercion is evil or
futile, since it will either fail, when applied to a group that does not form a true
community, or if it does not fail, will create more harmful effects than its action prevents
or suppresses." - Beverly Woodward, Reason, Non-violence, and Global Legal Change,
p. 158, in: Philosophy, Morality and International Affairs, ed. by Held & Morgenbesser
& Nagel, O.U.P., 1974.
ANARCHISTS: Some just want to FEEL free and easy, in some respects, e.g. with drugs,
sex and with regard not only to their own property but that of others, and some want to
THINK AND ACT freely, consistently, creatively and in all respects, within the
comprehensive spheres of individual rights and liberties, while not themselves infringing
anybody's rights and liberties, and wanting to remain undisturbed by any coercive
institutions especially by any State or any criminally invasive actions by others. - J.Z.,
20.4.86, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Some people called themselves anarchists only because they wrongly
imagined governments to be willing and able defenders of property rights. What these
anarchists and governments have in common is that both are enemies of property rights.
Such anarchists manage to overlook as obvious facts as the taxation of labour and of
property earnings. Will they finally notice it when it finally reaches not only 40 to 75%
but 100%? - J.Z., 14.12.92, 27.1.93. - PROPERTY RIGHTS, TAXATION
ANARCHISTS: Sometimes one must really ask: Who is more primitive in his thinking,
the high level government officials and their low-level supporters or some self-styled
"anarchists". - J.Z., 30.3.85, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: The anarchist denies the right of any government to trench on his
individual freedom." - Herbert Spencer, First Principles, I, 1862.
ANARCHISTS: The Anarchist thus no more advocates chaos than does the strictest
authoritarian; but the Anarchist seeks order in diversity and agreement rather than in
uniformity and control." - Rudolf Rocker. – Underlining by me: J.Z.
ANARCHISTS: The anarchists claim that freedom is a natural right, and if the State
denies it to its citizens, they have a right to seize it themselves." - Jerome Tuccille,
Radical Libertarianism, p.123. - Today the State not only denies them freedom but also
peace, security, justice, wealth, and via their nuclear powers even their very lives. - J.Z.,
ANARCHISTS: The fact is that Anarchists are the only true advocates of peace, the only
people who call a halt to the growing tendency of militarism, which is fast making of this
erstwhile free country an imperialistic and despotic power..." - Emma Goldman, What I
ANARCHISTS: The majority of anarchists think and write about the future without
understanding the present. This is what divides us communists from them.‖ - Lenin,
quoted by Paul Avrich, The Russian Anarchists, p.211. - One could say that especially the
communists and the communist anarchists neither understand the past nor the present nor
the future, e.g. the free market, the free economy, the free exchange and free contract and
free development options. Economically they are still illiterate. Instead they are
enraptured by their ideology, their fixed ideas. - J.Z., 27.1.93, 5.11.08. - This applies to
almost all ideologues, especially communistic ones, the leftists, humanitarians, utopians
and Welfare Statists. Only a few people have so far understood and appreciated all of
man‘s rights and liberties, their potentials for realization and the opportunities they would
offer to all. Only the consistent freedom lovers and advocates can perceive and provide a
peaceful, tolerant and educational framework for all ideological activities among
volunteers, the equivalent to religious freedom in the political, economic and social
spheres: namely panarchism or experimental freedom in the last spheres still territorially
monopolized by the present States. - J.Z., 28.6.92. – PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE,
ANARCHISTS: The only achievement of anarchists is resistance." ( ―Das Einzige, was
Anarchisten leisten, ist Widerstand.‖ ) - Werner Mitsch. - And so far they were not very
good at that, either. - J.Z., 8.7.92. – Or do you know of a really good anarchist resistance,
revolution, liberation, defence and military insurrection program? – J.Z., 5.11.08. -
ANARCHISTS: The philosophic anarchists of Bastiat's time and our own have been
quick to insist that, if all rights derive from the individual, then no constraints of police
power and no taxation may properly be levied by any collective force on the individual."
- G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p. 198. - But territorial States have
neither sufficiently protected nor indemnified individuals when they failed to protect
them. – As protection rackets they succeeded financially, to an astonishing degree – even
while largely failing to fulfil their role as protectors, defenders and justice providers. -
J.Z., 24.7.92, 27.1.93, 5.11.08. - INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL
ANARCHISTS: The population of the world is gradually dividing into two classes -
Anarchists and Criminals." - Benjamin R. Tucker, Catalogue, p. 120. - So why do so
many anarchists try to make a united front with criminals? - J.Z., 27.1.93. - CRIMINALS
ANARCHISTS: The wrong ideas of property and property rights and of voluntary
economic transactions and associations, which most anarchists have in their heads, are
the kind of prejudices that do the greatest harm to their anti-government stands. - J.Z.,
11.6.91, 4.9.92.
ANARCHISTS: Their coercive opposition to property is organized and essentially
totalitarian in its objective. They are not satisfied with eliminating private property
among themselves. Their private and collective expropriation actions against dissenting
proprietors are essentially actions of territorial and totalitarian statists, never mind their
anarchistic pretences. - J.Z., 28.6.92, 27.1.93. – Only a fraction of them are well enough
informed propertarians and free marketers. – J.Z., 5.11.08. - MOST ARE OPPONENTS
ANARCHISTS: There are, of course, anarchists who from the outset find coercion
acceptable as long as it is not practised by governments. Some of these anarchists have
themselves engaged in extremely coercive activity." - Beverly Woodward, Reason, Non-
violence, and Global Legal Change, p. 161, in: Philosophy, Morality and International
Affairs, ed. by Held & Morgenbesser & Nagel, O.U.P., 1974.
ANARCHISTS: These thinkers were individualists because they recognized individual
rights and they were anarchists because they believed in the doctrine 'that all the affairs
of men should be managed by individuals or voluntary associations and that the State
should be abolished." - Carl Watner, DANDELION, Spring 77.
ANARCHISTS: They realise that the moral sense must come from inside, not from
outside." - T. H. White, The Book of Merlyn, p.125. – MORALITY, MORAL SENSE,
ANARCHISTS: They should strive for recognition as a distinct ideological group just as
others are recognized as racial, ethnic, religious or national groups. They should insist
that all such groups are entitled to full exterritorial autonomy if they do wish it for
themselves. Thereby they could make themselves the friends and allies of the majority,
since even the temporary majorities are mere combinations of minorities. - J.Z., 11.2.85,
ANARCHISTS: To become a well enough informed anarchists one ought to become, a
least to some extent, an economist, too. - J.Z., 9.12.82, 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: To me it is surprising how many of those who call themselves
"individualist anarchists" do still believe in "might is right", without awareness how non-
anarchistic towards others the practice of this "principle" would inevitably be. Instead of
a non-aggression pact or non-domination agreement we would have an "agreement" on
mutual tyranny or mutual domination, as far as one's power or might would go. At most
we could achieve temporary armistices between us, just like territorial governments
between themselves, always broken when one side would think it could get away with
this breach to its advantage. For many of them this resulted from an uncritical acceptance
and generalisation of Max Stirner's ideas, which kept their minds captive for decades or
even for their whole lives, in the same way as the minds of others have become captives
of the fixed ideas of Saint Marx rather than Saint Max. My father, Kurt Zube, at least in
this respect, was one of the voluntary victims of Saint Max. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHISTS: Too many anarchist do all too readily assume that e.g. property, trade,
money, capital, investments, interest, profit, and markets are not aspects of individual
liberty and show thus no interest in the corresponding liberties. – J.Z., 12.2.98. – To that
extent they are often no better and sometimes worse than the territorial statists are. – J.Z.,
ANARCHISTS: Too many anarchists are not thinking and acting like anarchists at home,
towards their family members. - J.Z., 7.11.00.
ANARCHISTS: True and consistent anarchists would allow non-anarchists to make their
own archistic choices at the same time that anarchism becomes realized for anarchists.
Thereby anarchism for anarchists could become realized much sooner. - J.Z., 29.4.86,
27.1.93. - PANARCHISM
ANARCHISTS: What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of
choice." - Ursula Le Guin, The Day Before the Revolution, in The Wind's Twelve
Quarters, 133.
ANARCHISTS: While an anarchist is completely against government, a libertarian will
accept any government controls that guarantee individual rights. "Of course', he admits,
'a lot of us don't think there is such an animal.' - ascribed to Charles Blackwell, by James
ANARCHO-CAPITALISTS: Anarcho capitalism is just our trip. We don't mean to
impose it on everybody..." - Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus II, p.111. – PANARCHISM,
ANARCHO-CAPITALISTS: Anarcho-capitalism is the theory that what are generally
considered the proper functions of a strictly limited government - basically police
protection, adjudication, and defence - can and should be provided by the free market,
just like other kinds of services." - James A Kuffell, REASON, 3/72.
ANARCHO-CAPITALISTS: Anarcho-capitalism, the idea that the free market can
supply police and judicial protection by means of privately competitive agencies..." -
ANARCHO-CAPITALISTS: I have described how a private system of courts and police
might function, but not the laws it would produce and enforce; I have discussed
institutions, not results. That is why I have used the term anarcho-capitalist, which
describes the institutions, rather than libertarian. Whether these institutions will produce
a libertarian society - a society in which each person is free to do as he likes with himself
and his property, as long as he does not use either, to initiate force against others -
remains to be proven." - David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.173.
ANARCHO-CAPITALISTS: This group believes that all functions presently performed
by government can be transferred to market-place agencies. They wish the government
removed totally, reserving even the functions of protection, defense, retaliation and
punishment to competing market-place agencies." – Robert LeFevre, The Libertarians,
p.26. - Panarchists predict that package deal enterprises in form of voluntary and
competing governments, only exterritorially autonomous, would remain or become
established and that they would not only offer competing limited government services but
all kinds of government services which their voluntary members would want for
themselves. Some might, indeed, secede from all such package deals and contract only
for themselves, with specific free enterprise protection services or, perhaps, hire police
protection from panarchy A, court protection from panarchy B and defence services from
panarchy C, and, perhaps, even some welfare or insurance services from panarchy D. -
J.Z., 27.a.93.
ANARCHO-LIBERTARIANISM: Term used in O'Neill's book on Ayn Rand –
Originally by Jerome Tuccille?
ANARCHO-SYNDICALISM: If an anarcho-syndicalist movement were to succeed - and
none seems even remotely capable of success today - group solidarity would have to
prevail over self-interest - for the economic system to work. The psychic payoffs of
workers' management would have to outweigh the lessened material payoffs ( relative to
the capitalist countries) that in all likelihood would appear over time. This kind of moral
commitment is likely to be true only for avowed anarchists, but not for anyone else -
including the children and grandchildren of the revolutionaries. - There is also a good
argument that the resulting society would not be libertarian, if that word is used to mean
maximum voluntarism and minimum coercion. The expropriation of private property is a
more clear-cut case of coercion than the hiring of wage-labour, and it restricts every
person's choice of economic alternatives far more than under capitalism. Furthermore, if
group pressure is to replace codified laws, what is to guarantee that the group rules will
maximise individual liberty? - For example, a small segment of the CNT-FAI were
nudists. A libertarian society would let them go about naked if they liked, yet a CNT
manifesto, discussing the rules in the new anarchist communes, proclaimed otherwise: 'It
would be psychologically intolerable to have 50% nude and 50% ...'" - Bruce Ramsey,
OPTION, 4/77, p. 32. – Productive coops, as such self-managed and also run in a
businesslike way, would tend to be more productive than hierarchically ―managed‖
enterprises run under the employer-employee relationship. – Syndicalists just want to
replace State bureaucracies and corporation bureaucracies by trade union bureaucracies.
Even the employer-employee relationship would be more productive in most cases and
even more liberating, because it would be much easier to give notice and to achieve
individual work contracts. - J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHO-TOTALITARIANISM: The character of the libertarian movement is now
such that all true lovers of liberty must oppose it. It has already achieved - on the
intellectual level, a seemingly impossible synthesis: anarcho-totalitarianism." - Ernest
van den Haag, in NATIONAL REVIEW, quoted in OUI, 2/80. – That remark rings no
bells with me. – Except that most anarchists just like most statists are still territorialists
and that territorialism is one of the preconditions for authoritarianism and even
totalitarianism. - J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: ... a society of peace and non-coercive cooperation and opportunity for
individual development and fulfilment." - David Wiek, ANARCHY 8.
ANARCHY: ... a society of sovereign justice.‖ – Godwin David Wiek, ANARCHY 8.
ANARCHY: ... a society of sovereign mutual aid and cooperation..." - Kropotkin,
according to David Wiek, ANARCHY 8.
ANARCHY: ... anarchy ... the refusal of individual or tribe to respect the privileges of
others." – Dagobert D. Runes, Treasury of Thought, p.39. ( When I finally made to N.Y.,
in 1990, he was already dead for several years. - But his numerous books live on and are
worth reading. - J.Z., 27.1.93. )
ANARCHY: ... Anarchy is Individualism consistently carried out and put into practice. It
is the doctrine of autonomy, laissez-faire, independence and liberty. It is the doctrine
which accepts all the social principles of that most advanced school of thinkers of which
Herbert Spencer is at the head, and does not fear to carry them to their logical
conclusions, even though the greatest expounders of those principles may fail to do so
themselves." - D. A. Andrade, What Is Anarchy?, 1886, in Bob James, Australian
ANARCHY: ... anarchy is the only viable alternative to this chaos." - Wilson/Shea,
Illuminatus III, p. 216.
ANARCHY: ... decentralisation, dispersal and final elimination of authority and its
replacement by autonomous and independent organisational units.” - G. P. Maksimov,
quoted in Paul Avrich, The Anarchists in the Russian Revolution, p.103. - Unfortunately,
most anarchists envision such autonomous organisational units only for anarchists not for
the various archists, too. Consequently, they become enemies of voluntary and tolerant
archists, rather than comrades in arms. - J.Z., 6.1.92. - Moreover, they tend to overlook
that complete voluntarism, without separation of volunteers and autonomous independent
organisational units into local ghettos, requires exterritorial autonomy. No one would
have to change his residence or job to leave one panarchy and join another. We live
already widely intermixed and personal law associations could separate us into our own
kinds of societies and States as much as we want to. Thus not being out of sight of each
other's different free societies and government systems, we would also tend to learn more
from each other. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHY: ... shut up the people who want to restore the bureaucracy?' - 'Shut them
up?' He stopped and looked down at her. "We're not. That's what modified anarchy is all
about - nobody shuts anybody up.' ... 'Without obedient local police, the government's
helpless. See, we pay taxes, ultimately, because cops have guns. But if there are no cops,
no guns, then the crats can't force the money out of us.'" - Kevin O'Donnell, Jr., Tears for
Emily, in DESTINIES, 3/1. - Panarchies would see to it that each would only ―shut‖
himself up, within like-minded people, in his own favourite experimental system. And
since their membership would be voluntary, all their tax contributions to it would be, too.
- J.Z., 28.1.93.
ANARCHY: ... the social-individualistic equilibrium which is so basic to anarchist
thinking." - George Woodcock, The Anarchist Critic, article in OPEN ROAD, Summer
ANARCHY: ... what Gorky calls 'the instinctive anarchy of the individual', ..." - Herbert
Read, Anarchy and Order, p. 79.
ANARCHY: ... what is 'without ruler', the literal meaning of the root of the word, is not
necessarily 'without order', the meaning often loosely ascribed to it." - Herbert Read,
Anarchy and Order, p.35. - "...what is 'without ruler'... is not necessarily 'without
order'..." - Patricia Mills, in THE MATCH, 2/75.
ANARCHY: A corollary of statist theology is the belief that the absence of governmental
authority is synonymous with "anarchy," and that such a condition equates with disorder.
And yet, our lives are free, orderly, and peaceful only to the degree that we live
anarchistically, without using force, violence, threats, or the infliction of death to
accomplish our purposes. It is only when property boundaries are respected and
considered inviolable, that peace and order prevail. When my students ask if such
arrangements prevail any place, I remind them that their daily lives are conducted in
such a manner. "Do you threaten your friends, fellow students, coworkers, or neighbors
with violence in order to get what you want?," I ask. Our relationships with other people
are expressions of the anarchist assumption that men and women live harmoniously with
one another, and without presuming to govern others through violent means.‖ - Butler
Shaffer, The Wizards of Ozymandias, chapter 87. , CHAOS, ORDER, DISORDER,
ANARCHY: A name given to a ... theory of life and conduct under which society is
conceived without government." - Peter Kropotkin.
ANARCHY: A society of retained absolute self-sovereignty." - Josiah Warren, according
ANARCHY: A society without any government imposed on any individual but not
necessarily a society without any governments. The demand of most self-styled
anarchists, that all governments be abolished, even the governments constituted only by
and for those who desire them, is intolerant, authoritarian and in disagreement with their
demands for voluntary association and autonomy. Like the statists, these anarchists can
only envision one uniform solution for all the diverse people and groups in one territory.
Economically most anarchists are still so backward that they are communists or
authoritarians in outlook and in their proposals, never mind their propaganda slogans. -
ANARCHY: A theory which regards the union of order with the absence of all direct or
coercive government as the political ideal." - The American College Dictionary.
ANARCHY: Absence of government; disbelief in, and disregard of, invasion and
authority based on coercion and force; a condition of society regulated by voluntary
agreement instead of government." - Fred Woodworth, Anarchism.
ANARCHY: All power back to everybody - but only over his own affairs. Free contracts
on everything where formal or informal agreements are needed with others. Every State
coercion, every statist class system to be abolished.‖ - Notes from a German discussion.
OMF 1986? Individual sovereignty, free contracts and voluntary and autonomous
associations under personal laws. Does that express it more clearly? Can any formula,
with a few words, fully express what its intended, sufficiently and clearly enough for
others, unfamiliar with such ideas? - J .Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHY: An adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society and could be
followed even if no law existed." - Peter Kropotkin.
ANARCHY: Anarchism in its strictest sense means, literally, without government. But
this does not mean without order or without social structure or even without social
organisation. What anarchy specifically calls for is complete individual freedom within a
framework of respect for, and willingness not to violate, the equally valid freedom of
each and every individual in society." – Jerome Tuccille, Radical Libertarianism, p.25.
ANARCHY: Anarchism is a game at which the Police can beat you." - George Bernard
Shaw, Misalliance, 1910, Epigraph to Joe Orton's Loot, 1967.
ANARCHY: Anarchy - a consistent decision for freedom and wealth. Freedom! That is
order and security of the peoples. Since freedom is the denial of any kind of government,
it follows that wherever there are commands, there are oppression, danger and disorder.
Not the word anarchy but the world government means the absence of order and
security." - Pelletier, in LERNZIELANARCHIE, Nr. 3.
ANARCHY: Anarchy does not mean out of control, just out of THEIR control." -
Dangerous Buttons, No. 195.
ANARCHY: Anarchy for All! - is also an authoritarian imposition! - J.Z., 7/76.
ANARCHY: Anarchy for anarchists! - J.Z. 14.9.82. And for anarchists ONLY! - It is too
good for anyone else. "Do not throw pearls before the swine." - J.Z., 28.1.93.
ANARCHY: Anarchy Forever! - YAF, Convention Slogan. n.d.
ANARCHY: Anarchy is a condition of continual bliss as opposed to government which is
a state of unremitting chaos.‖ - George Kysor, THE CONNECTION, p. 27, 2.6.80. -
While full self-responsibility certainly will have its worries and troubles, it will have its
achievement opportunities and satisfactions. And even in case of failures, one can say to
oneself : At least I was free to try and I did my best. - J.Z., 28.1.93. Moreover, I am free
to try again, in a different way. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Anarchy is Greek and means, verbatim, without rulership; not being ruled.
According to our vocabulary, anarchy is a state of society in which the only government
is reason.‖ (*) – Michael Schwab, courtroom speech after being sentenced to hang for
the Haymarket bombing ( later commuted ), 1886. - (*) or any kind of spleen one wants
to practice at the own expense and risk. Anarchists and others do not have to be
reasonable. But they must become tolerant and just towards others, who did not sign up
with them and who do not want to be victimised or directed by them or deprived of their
beloved traditions, great leaders and holy institutions. - J.Z., 27.1.93. – TOLERANCE
ANARCHY: Anarchy is no government. – Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p. 12. –
Thank reason and ethics – it isn‘t! – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Anarchy Is Not Chaos.‖ - David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom,
heading, p. 152.
ANARCHY: Anarchy is not only the refusal to be ruled by others, it is also the refusal to
rule others." - David Taylor, 5.6.85. - Compare very similar wordings by J. H. Mackay. –
D. T. would rather risk death than accept surgical conventional hospital treatment of an
ulcerative colitis that plagued and finally killed him, at only 43 or 44. He did try some
naturopathic approaches – but, probably, too little to late. While condemning much of the
accumulated conventional wisdom and skills, one should never condemn all of them.
Well, he made his choice, as was his right. But what a waste. At least he managed to
finish his atheist book, attempting to prove that Jesus Christ, an Essenian, lived 200 years
before the supposed birth of Jesus Christ. - I never saw much of a point in this kind of
anti-Christian criticism. However, it would make the few legends of his teachings, that
had come from him upon us, still more so mere legends. Beckerath asserted that his
combined sayings in the Bible would come to no more than 33 hours of talk, assuming
that all of these remarks were correctly remembered and later, much later, correctly
recorded. What he talked about and taught during the rest of his teaching life we do not
know at all. - J.Z., 28.1.93. – There was, apparently, no divine intervention to make all of
his teachings accessible to us. Should we assume that God, his supposed father, is as
secretive as most territorial governments are? – J.Z., 6.11.08. – BIBLE, JESUS CHRIST,
ANARCHY: Anarchy is order; government is civil war.‖ - Anselme Bellegarrigue,
quoted in The Match, Sept. 75. – Territorially imposed anarchies also mean wars and
civil wars! – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Anarchy is the aim of those who have nothing to lose." - Ernst R. Hauschka.
- On the contrary: Anarchy is the aim of those who had so far lost all too many liberties
and rights, earnings and wealth to all too many usurpers and official exploiters, and who
fear that they are going to lose the rest, too. - J.Z., 27.1.93, 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Anarchy is the first necessary step on the road to a new order. - The terrible
thing is they may be right. Anarchy will inevitably produce tyranny.‖ - Morris West,
Proteus, p.67. - A collectivist, territorial and compulsory anarchy is a utopia or dead end.
It already has these 3 features in common with any tyranny. Only individual sovereignty,
leading to individual secessions and from them to voluntary and exterritorially
autonomous communities and free contractual associations, for whatever functions their
members assign to them, leave us any hope for the future. - J.Z., 30.6.92, 28.1.93. -
ANARCHY: Anarchy is the highest expression of order.‖ - Elisee Reclus.
ANARCHY: Anarchy is to me a situation where MYOB ( mind your own business ) and
'Freedom - I won't' are the cornerstones of human relations.‖ - Joe Fulks, THE
CONNECTION 115, p.39.
ANARCHY: Anarchy isn't the problem. Territorial Archies are. - J.Z., 16.1.77, 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Anarchy means only no IMPOSED rules, i.e. only as much egalitarianism
and as much or as little non-hierarchical structure as corresponds to the choices of
individual VOLUNTEERS. Different volunteers are bound to make different choices
within their volunteer-communities. Only some would choose one or the other form of
anarchy for themselves. All those who now or in the near future would choose one or the
other form of anarchism or libertarianism for themselves would still only constitute a
small minority, even if they combined. They ought to federate even with all enlightened
statists on the platform of "exterritorial autonomy under personal laws for all minorities
and majorities that want it for themselves." Such a common platform could draw more
subscribers than the ―ideal‖ of "democracy" and of the general franchise. - J.Z. 13.6.89,
27.1.93. – It would certainly be more attractive e.g. in Iraq and in Afghanistan, where
territorial democracy has almost no tradition and appreciation at all – and quite rightly so.
– J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Anarchy, in short, is to politics what atheism is to theology. Atheism says:
we shall have no divine rulers; Anarchy says: we shall have no temporal ones either.
Atheism says: be not a slave to a god; Anarchy says: be not a slave to god or ruler either.
Atheism says: cast off all allegiance to all laws divine; Anarchy says: cast off all
allegiance to all laws both divine and human. Atheism says: defy the priest, who robs you
under the authority of a god; Anarchy says: defy the ruler who robs you under the
authority of a State, as well. Atheism says: be free in your thoughts; Anarchy says: be
free in your thoughts and actions too. Atheism says: face the gods like a man; Anarchy
says: face all existence like a man; Atheism says: from the gods be free; Anarchy simply
says: BE FREE!" - D. A. Andrade, quoted in Bob James, Australian Anarchism.
ANARCHY: Anarchy, not Chaos! - Graffiti.
ANARCHY: Anarchy, not class warfare or abolition of interest, profit, rent, capitalism,
property and inequality! - J.Z., 7.12.91.
ANARCHY: As foundation of all social life in anarchy counts the condition of the social
freedom of each individual..." LERNZIEL ANARCHY, Nr. 5. Better perhaps: Social life
based on individual sovereignty? General terms all too often do not explain each other
enough. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHY: But the social principle of Anarchy is familiar and predictable also.
Whenever one person helps another; whenever people solve their problems and no
policeman or law instructs or compels - in short, at the taking place of any human
development which is no mandated, ordained, decreed, controlled or interfered in (with?
J.Z.) by a legislature or by someone acting so as to force a result, we have the principle
of Anarchy at work. It is ordinarily claimed that this social Anarchy, which is thought to
be evil, can only be overcome and regulated by governments, which are thought to be
necessary, so that society can 'work'. I assert that this explanation is false and the exact
opposite of the correct description of affairs, which is that the social principle of
government, itself evil ( in the sense that it does harm ) is only overcome so that society
can work, by the principle of Anarchy, or freedom, spontaneously asserting itself in the
uncontrolled interstices of the social matrix." - Fred Woodworth, Anarchism, p. 14. -
Even in the severely State-controlled areas of taxation, drug use and gun ownership, a lot
of free social actions still do persist. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHY: But the social principle of anarchy is familiar and predictable also.
Whenever one person helps another, whenever people solve their problems and no
policeman or law instructs or compels - in short, at the taking place of any human
development which is not mandated, ordained, decreed, controlled or interfered in by a
legislature or by someone acting so as to force a result, we have the principle of anarchy
at work." - Fred Woodworth, Anarchism.
ANARCHY: By anarchy, Proudhon meant the absence of a master and subjects." - D.
W. Brogan, Proudhon, p.58.
ANARCHY: By the word (Anarchy) I wanted to indicate the extreme limit of political
progress." - Proudhon, in S. Edwards, Proudhon, p. 91. - PROGRESS
ANARCHY: Complete acceptance of the principle of non-violence accordingly leads to
what might be called 'ethico-religious anarchy'." - George A. Lear, Jr., in POLIS, Fall 66.
ANARCHY: Democracy has been defined as the principle that 'one man is as good as
another, if not a little better.' Anarchy maybe defined as the principle that one
government is as bad as another, if not a little worse." - B. R. Tucker. – Territorially
imposed forms of anarchism are almost as bad, if not worse in some cases, than
territorially imposed forms of statism usually are. – J.Z., 6.11.08. – TERRITORIALISM,
ANARCHY: Democratic socialism has contributed enormously to confirm again the vain
belief in the state, and in its further development must logically lead to state capitalism.
Socialism inspired by liberal ideas, however, leads in a straight line to anarchism,
meaning by that, a social condition where man is no longer subject to the guardianship of
a higher power and where all relations between him and his kind are self-regulated by
mutual agreement." – Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, p.238.
ANARCHY: Each movement has its madmen, fanatics and violent characters. The
anarchists and libertarians do not make an exception. - J.Z., 16.9.90.
ANARCHY: For Kant, anarchy is the union of freedom and rules in the absence of force
( 1798, Anthropologie in pragmatischer Hinsicht ).” - Gian Piero de Bellis, in his new,
2002 book manuscript on Polyarchy, 2002. - FORCE, FREEDOM, RULES, ORDER
ANARCHY: Government is Chaos - Anarchy is Order." - Slogan quoted in PUNCH,
ANARCHY: Government limited to administering justice and keeping the peace -
equality before the law - is an essential adjunct to morality. Anarchy - each a law unto
himself - is not a viable social philosophy." - Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening? 153. -
When each is only a law unto himself, then, obviously, he and his will are not a law to
anyone else! - J.Z., n.d., & 27.1.93. - Why is it so much easier to show wrong moves on
the chess board or in golf or tennis, than in arguments? Often only a slight and unnoticed
deviation causes one to completely miss one's aim and lose the game. - It seems
necessary to involve many other writers and many readers in catching and recording such
mistakes in texts and to mark them in future editions, which should also remain cheap
and portable enough. The few comments, which happen every few years to decades by
translators and editors, are not enough to sufficiently eliminate such mistakes. On the
contrary, such comments tend to introduce their own mistakes. Micrographically and
digitally, at least all significant works could thus be issued in revised editions every year
or two. – Just ponder the options at a time when 3 million books or an equivalent page
number would fit onto a cheap 1 TB external HD. During our present normal life-spans
we can at most read only ca. 20,000 books in full. Think of having 3 million, regarding
your special interest spheres, handy for reference purposes, right on your desk, with an
inbuilt search engine. – As for otherwise interminable arguments, see the ―argument
mapping‖ proposals of Paul Monk et al online. - J.Z. 27.1.93, 6.11.08. – DIS.
ANARCHY: Has history not shown that when governments are destroyed, people not
only manage to survive, but the basic fabric of society is maintained? Does society not
depend more on individual self-control for stability and prosperity than on government
control?" - Samuel L. Blumenfeld, in PENTHOUSE, Nov. 73. - Free societies depend
only upon the support of their voluntary members, not upon State regulation, control or
assistance. They come into their own and become self-supporting and independent and
greatly varied as soon as the impositions of the territorial and monopolistic and coercive
State disappear. They express the nature of individual men, with all their diverse abilities,
skills and aspirations and release all their creative energies. - J.Z., 28.1.93.
ANARCHY: Hess: ... But all cooperation would be on a voluntary basis. As the French
anarchist Proudhon said. 'Liberty (is) not the daughter but the Mother of Order.' -
Playboy: That sounds like so much pie in the sky. Have any such societies ever existed? -
Hess: The precedents I look to were the participatory democracies of the Greek city-
states, many Irish cities up until the British occupation, some Indian villages under
Mahatma Gandhi and the town meetings right here in America. Each of those anarchist
societies produced great and honourable cultures." - PLAYBOY, 7/76.
ANARCHY: I am an anarch, as any man who hopes for peace must be." - J. Blish &
Robert Lowndee, The Duplicated Man, p. 123.
ANARCHY: I am convinced that those societies ( as the Indians ) which live without
government, enjoy in their general mass an infinitely greater degree of happiness than
those who live under the European governments. Among the former, public opinion is in
the place of law, and restrains morals as powerfully as laws ever did anywhere. Among
the latter, under the pretence of governing, they have divided their nations into two
classes, wolves and sheep."- Thomas Jefferson, Letter, Paris, 16 Jan., 1787. - PUBLIC
ANARCHY: I am often asked if anarchy has ever existed in our world, to which I
answer: almost all of your daily behavior is an anarchistic expression. How you deal
with your neighbors, coworkers, fellow customers in shopping malls or grocery stores, is
often determined by subtle processes of negotiation and cooperation. Social pressures,
unrelated to statutory enactments, influence our behavior on crowded freeways or
grocery checkout lines. If we dealt with our colleagues at work in the same coercive and
threatening manner by which the state insists on dealing with us, our employment would
be immediately terminated. We would soon be without friends were we to demand that
they adhere to specific behavioral standards that we had mandated for their lives. ---
Should you come over to our home for a visit, you will not be taxed, searched, required to
show a passport or driver‟s license, fined, jailed, threatened, handcuffed, or prohibited
from leaving. I suspect that your relationships with your friends are conducted on the
same basis of mutual respect. In short, virtually all of our dealings with friends and
strangers alike are grounded in practices that are peaceful, voluntary, and devoid of
coercion. --- A very interesting study of the orderly nature of anarchy is found in John
Phillip Reid‟s book, Law for the Elephant. Reid studied numerous diaries and letters
written by persons crossing the overland trail in wagon trains going from St. Joseph,
Missouri to Oregon and California. The institutions we have been conditioned to equate
with "law and order" (e.g., police, prisons, judges, etc.) were absent along the frontier,
and Reid was interested in discovering how people behaved toward one another in such
circumstances. He discovered that most people respected property and contract rights,
and settled whatever differences they had in a peaceful manner, all of this in spite of the
fact that there were no "authorities" to call in to enforce a decision. Such traits went so
far as to include respect for the property claims of Indians. The values and integrities
that individuals brought with them were sufficient to keep the wagon trains as peaceful
communities.‖ - Butler Shaffer, The Wizards of Ozymandias, chapter 60. – WILD WEST,
ANARCHY: I have already mentioned ANARCHY, or the government of each man by
himself - or as the English say, SELF-GOVERNMENT - as being one example of the
liberal regime. Since the expression 'anarchical government' is a contradiction in terms,
the system itself seems to be impossible and the idea absurd. However, it is only language
that needs to be criticised.‖ - Proudhon, in S. Edwards, Proudhon, p.91.
ANARCHY: I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon
constitutions, upon law and upon courts. These are false hopes, believe me, these are
false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no
constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do
much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no courts to save it.‖ -
ANARCHY: I prefer to think of anarchy as a way in which people deal with one another
in a peaceful, cooperative manner; respectful of the inviolability of each other‟s lives and
property interests; resorting to contract and voluntary transactions rather than coercion
and expropriation as a way of functioning in society.‖ - Butler Shaffer, The Wizards of
Ozymandias, chapter 60.
ANARCHY: I wait for the withering away of all governments." - Allen Ginsberg. - It will
only wither when it can no longer tax and conscript dissenters and order them around and
when it is exposed to full competition from other suppliers of really wanted services. -
J.Z. 27.1.93.
ANARCHY: If the principle of government were extended consistently and uniformly
throughout society, true chaos would result - every civilised relationship would give way
to the gun or knife: force, not persuasion. We have only the principle of Anarchy
operating - the principle of no compulsion - to thank for the fact that the present social
condition is not as faulty as it might be." - Fred Woodworth, Anarchism, p.12. - The
principle of no compulsion should also be extended to voluntary or merely exterritorially
autonomous governments of volunteers and their personal laws. Most people are still
archists and the ideals of most archists differ perhaps even more than those of most
anarchists and libertarians. This is the only form or framework in which each could have
the government or non-governmental society of his or her dreams. Thus ultimately, we
must almost all of us come to subscribe to it, if we intend to survive. We cannot forever
continue to exist as "nuclear giants and ethical infants", as General Omar Bradley
described us many years ago. - J.Z., 27.1.93. – NUCLEAR TARGETS, NUCLEAR
ANARCHY: In action anarchy is a guide to expectations: never expect others,
particularly organized others, most particularly politically organized voters - never
expect others to solve your problems. Seek advice, consult with friends, look anywhere
you want for help, but never expect others to solve your problems. If you do, the best that
can happen is that they will solve them too late, and the worst ( and most likely ) that will
happen is that they will take away your ability to solve them yourself. You will quickly
discover that those who came to save you from your problems have themselves become
your problem." - LIBERTY, Summer 74. - PROBLEMS, SELF-HELP, DELEGATION,
ANARCHY: In final analysis, Walker saw both egoism and anarchism as logical
extensions of the idea of laissez-faire whereby men are permitted to form social and
political associations according to their free impulses and desires. (*) Proclaiming
Proudhon the inspiration of this school of thought, Walker argued that "Anarchy in its
strict and proper philosophical sense means 'no tyranny,' – the regulation of business
altogether by voluntary and mutual contract.'" - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.182,
on James L. Walker. – (*) My view of panarchism. - J.Z.
ANARCHY: In Germany the attack on democracy began before Hitler appeared on the
scene. In Moeller von den Brueck's remarkable work, THE THIRD REALM, published in
1922, Liberalism was denounced as the very gospel of anarchy, every man thinking
exclusively of his own interests and caring nothing for society or the State. Such a creed
of unredeemed selfishness, he contends, was not only unsuited to the problems of post-
War Europe, but incurably wrong in itself. Spengler, the prophet..." - G. P. Gooch,
Dictatorship in Theory and Practice, p.33. – Ulrich von Beckerath used to remark that all
errors and prejudices are interconnected and so are all truths. Alas, we have still not
managed to collect and refute all errors and prejudices systematically and to publish all
truthful ideas together. – J.Z., 6.11.08. – ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST
ANARCHY: Indeed, Shelley uses the word rather in the sense of 'the forces of law and
order when running riot'. Despite this possible ambiguity the poem has much to say
concerning libertarian ideas and attitudes." - Jim Huggn's comment to his reproduction
of Percy Bysshe Shelley's "The Mask of Anarchy.‖ - One should also keep in mind that
his times were much more censorious than our own and clear stands for anarchism were
rather risky. - J.Z., 28.1.93.
ANARCHY: It is no more than a slightly exuberant exaggeration to say that a
government functions properly only if it is made up exclusively of saints, and an anarchy
fails only if it is inhabited exclusively by devils." - D. Friedman, The Machinery of
Freedom, 217. - Compare with this the Kantian idea, in "Eternal Peace", that a properly
constituted free society would even work for a society made up entirely of devils. For it
would so balance their antagonistic aspirations that in their outward appearance and
actions there would be no deviation from a genuine harmony that would appear caused
entirely from the best of good will in a society of angels. I find it surprising that this
extreme case description, of 1795, now almost 200 years old, is so little known,
appreciated and developed. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHY: John Dewey, rebutting the devious use of the word as synonym of chaos and
absence of any restraint, affirms that "even the theoretical anarchist, whose philosophy
commits him to the idea that state or government control is an unmitigated evil, believes
that with the abolition of the political state other forms of social control would operate:
indeed, his opposition to governmental regulation springs from his belief that other and
to him more normal modes of control would operate with abolition of the state. ( 1938,
John Dewey, Experience and Education )‖ - Gian Piero de Bellis, in his new, 2002 book
manuscript on Polyarchy, 2002. - CHAOS, CONTROL, STATE, GOVERNMENT
ANARCHY: Just as man seeks justice in equality, society seeks order in anarchy. -
Anarchy, that is the absence of a ruler or a sovereign. This is the form of government we
are moving closer to every day. Because of the deep-rooted habit of taking one man as
representing order and of taking his will as law, people regard us as the very summit of
disorder and the embodiment of chaos." - Proudhon, in S. Edwards, Proudhon, p.89.
ANARCHY: Law and freedom without coercion.‖ – Kant according to a quote in
German, in ESPERO: ―Gesetz und Freiheit ohne Gewalt.‖
ANARCHY: Law and freedom without violence." - ascribed to Kant by Harry Pross,
Prof. FU, Berlin, in Wochenausgabe der NATIONAL ZEITUNG, Basel, 14.12.74. -
Where is this reference in Kant's writings? - J.Z.
ANARCHY: Let anarchy drive out chaos." - source? date? – Can that be done
territorially or only exterritorially? – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Let me declare at the outset that in this paper I take it for granted that
governmentlessness is an innocent state of affairs and requires no justification, but that
the formation and continuance of political societies does." - David B. Suits, JLS, Summer
77, p. 195. – It does do territorial States too much honour to call them ―political
societies‖. They are rather organizations to suppress the general and any particular
societies that might become effective competitors to them. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Liberalism and Marxism are based on knowledge. Anarchy is based on
ignorance." - Laurance Labadie, LIBERTY, Summer 74. - Imagined knowledge! -
Awareness of our ignorance or our limited knowledge. - J.Z., 26.1.93.
ANARCHY: Man can not only outlast but also rid himself of the Super-States - as soon
as he makes up sufficient individual minds to do so. - J.Z., 15.6.91.
ANARCHY: More anarchy, less chaos." - Graffiti.
ANARCHY: My political opinions lean more and more towards anarchy... The most
improper job of any man, even saints, is bossing other men." - J. R. R. Tolkien, Letters.
ANARCHY: Neither slave nor master. Equal liberty for all. Mutual aid. No centralised
leadership.‖ – Open Mind Festival, 1986. - Within different panarchies and for their
voluntary members quite different ideals and arrangements would be possible, too and
yet would still fit into the anarchistic general framework of panarchism. - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHY: No country under any government has any worthwhile future. - J.Z.,
25.12.92. - As you can see, even I do sometimes forget to add the words "territorial" or
"monopolistic and coercive" before "government". - J.Z., 27.1.93.
ANARCHY: No government at all! No Church at all! No State at all! But will that then
be absolute anarchy, the complete disorganisation of society? Yes, it will be anarchy
from the point of view of politics or government. But it will be the organization of order,
of justice, of liberty, of equality - that is to say, the organisation of human solidarity -
from the point of view of economics and society." - Michael Bakunin, The Political
Theology of Mazzini, a fragment, 1871. - Why is it that when anybody mentions the word
"solidarity" to me, I feel no sympathy towards him and his aspirations, no solidarity with
him, no urge to act on his behalf, but, rather the urge to run away or to shoo him off?
Maybe all those who approached me with that term had only flawed or despicable
programmes to offer, like coercive unionists, socialists and communists? To me it has
even less appeal than a stranger or a suspect coming up to me and asserting: You can
trust me. Just give me your time, energy and your money or a blank cheque. - J.Z.
27.1.93. – While in a way all humans are related to each other, we are certainly not all
brothers and close to each other in feelings, ideas, aspirations etc. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Non-domination. - K.H.Z. Solneman.
ANARCHY: Oh, let them shout! They, who never desired to see the truth behind a word,
will be unable to see the proper meaning of the word. They will remain blind among the
blind." - John Henry Mackay, in poem: Anarchy.
ANARCHY: On the other hand, I define anarchist society as one where there is no legal
possibility for coercive aggression against the person or property of any individual." -
Murray Rothbard, THE LIBERTARIAN FORUM, 1/75.
ANARCHY: On the other hand, socialism vitalised by liberalism logically leads to the
ideas of Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin and their successors. The idea of reducing the
state's sphere of activity to a minimum, itself contains the germ of a much more far-
reaching thought, namely, to overthrow the state entirely and to eliminate the will to
power from human society." – Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, p. 238. - It
would be so much more civilized to leave the statists to their own and self-chosen fate,
not depriving them of their favourite toys, rituals, ―leaders‖ and taxes – but let them have
them, as long as they are willing to put up with them. The main aim should be to get out
from under their system, without having to leave one‘s country and without losing any
single genuine right but, rather, potentially, gaining all of them. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: One of the most enslaving ideas of our time is the idea of revolution.
Anarchy is not the way of mass revolution but of individual rebellion." - LIBERTY,
Summer 74. - I would say: secession instead of "rebellion". J.Z., 1/76.
ANARCHY: People with vastly different occupations and interests and lifestyles could
live together because none of them would be capable of using a politician to threaten the
others." - Patrick Brooks, 2/71.
ANARCHY: Rational and moral anarchy makes for order and peace, whilst every
territorial government promotes disorder and war. - J.Z., 14.11.82, 28.1.93.
ANARCHY: Scientific investigation has discovered that cooperation is more natural and
efficient than competition. It's time to do away with government and make the world ...
SAFE FOR ANARCHY." - Jay Amrod, TANSTAAFL, Feb. 76, page 8. - How scientific is
an examination that did not notice that cooperation and competition are not opposites but
merely different aspects of free actions? To achieve the reported result, conditions of
fully free cooperation ( with probably ignored competitive aspects ) must have been
compared with competitive conditions that were only presumed to be free but in reality
excluded competition, as well as cooperation, in several ways. For instance, the
completion of competition through monetary and financial freedom and exterritorial
autonomy is usually ignored. Thus I think that the above should be reworded into
something like: Competition and cooperation, if fully free and consistently applied, are
superior to monopolism and coercion and could make free societies win against
totalitarian governments in an almost bloodless liberation struggle. - J.Z., 27.1.93. – The
world can only be made save through persistent voluntarism and exterritorial autonomy.
It remains threatened through compulsory membership in or subordination to involved in
each territorial regime, authority or system. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Seven or eight months following the assassination of Aurelian: "An
amazing period of tranquil anarchy during which the Roman world remained without a
sovereign, without a usurper, and without a sedition." - Whittick, Bombs, 50. -
ANARCHY: So that even if the absence of Government really meant Anarchy in the
negative, disorderly sense of that word - which is far from being the case - even then no
anarchical disorder could be worse than the position to which Governments have already
led their peoples, and to which they are leading them." - Tolstoy, Essays and Letters:
Patriotism and Government, p.259.
ANARCHY: Socialism is planned chaos; anarchy is unplanned chaos." - Leonard E.
Read, The Love of Liberty, p. 10. - Trying to express a love for liberty through a love for
a supposedly limited government, one that has still a territorial monopoly and exclusive
sovereignty, is like trying to express love for your wife by falling in love with a very
demanding and domineering mistress. - J.Z., 27.1.93. – JOKES, LIMITED
ANARCHY: Sydney Harris defined democracy as "... the only system that persists in
asking the Powers That Be whether they are the Powers That Ought to Be". –
READER‘S DIGEST, Aug. 72. - Anarchism is the only system that questions all the
Powers That Exist and also denies that any Powers Ought to Be. - J.Z., 1977. By now I
deny only the rightful existence of territorial powers. Others, i.e. exterritorial powers or
autonomies, are so relatively harmless or harmful only to their followers, that they are
tolerable and even valuable as educational experiments for the participants and the
ANARCHY: That every individual shall do as he likes, providing he does not interfere
with the liberty of others." - D. W. Brookhouse in Bob James, Australian Anarchism, p.9.
ANARCHY: That government is best which governs least." - Jefferson. - "That
government is best which governs not at all." - Thoreau. - "The best government is no
government." - source?
ANARCHY: The absence of any imposed ruling power or a condition of voluntarism in
all creative and defensive activities. - J.Z., 5.11.92.
ANARCHY: The art of getting along with each other while respecting the differences
between human beings and their groups, as long as no one lives at the expense of others
and no one dominates others. That would be nothing else than anarchy." - Horst
Stowasser, Leben ohne Chef und Staat, S. 105. - Alas, to plunder rich people and banks,
without killing anyone, that is for him a "defence against expropriators"! - J.Z., n.d.
ANARCHY: The choice is only between anarchy and chaos." - source? date? – Anarchy
or any other ism – for everybody, according to individual choice, under the experimental
freedom of panarchism. Even chaos for its adherents, among themselves. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: The consistent democracy finds in Anarchy its genuine realisation and
completion." - LERNZIEL ANARCHIE, Nr. 3. - Self-government by individual consent,
would reflect the individual differences of political points of view, i.e. every view of
politics and would lead to the realisation of every political form and machinery, not only
democratic ones, among volunteers. That would, definitely, be a very extended definition
of democracy, since it would embrace e.g. republicanism, aristocracy, monarchy, even
wanted dictatorships, besides, naturally, all kinds of anarchies. - J.Z., 27.1.93. -
ANARCHY: The fact that the word "anarchy" still evokes violence and disorder and the
word "state" is, unbelievably, associated to peace and order.‖ - Gian Piero de Bellis, in
his new, 2002 book manuscript on Polyarchy, 2002. PEACE, STATE, ORDER,
ANARCHY: The government of each man by himself, that is anarchy or self-
government." - Proudhon, 1863, Federalism, pp. 272-74, in S. Edwards, Proudhon, p.
ANARCHY: The ideal republic is a positive anarchy. It is liberty free from all shackles,
superstitions, prejudices, sophistries, usury, authority; it is reciprocal liberty and not
limited liberty; liberty not the daughter but the Mother of Order." - Pierre Joseph
Proudhon, Qu'est-ce la propriete? 1840. - ORDER, LIBERTY
ANARCHY: The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general
association takes place, and common interest produces common security." - Thomas
Paine, The Rights of Man, II, 1791.- Sometimes, it may take a while. People have been
under tutelage & domination for so long. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: The liberation of society from the State." - Erich Muehsam. – Liberation
from the territorial State, with its compulsory membership or subjection, would be
enough – and would also turn the present territorial States into forms of free societies, all
with voluntary members only, whatever their remaining statists spleens may be,
otherwise. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: The notion of anarchy in politics is just as rational and positive as any
other. It means that once industrial functions have taken over from political functions,
then business transactions and exchange alone produce the social order. In these
conditions each man could call himself his own master, which is the very opposite of
constitutional monarchy." - Proudhon, 1863, Federalism, p. 278, in S. Edwards,
Proudhon, p. 91.
ANARCHY: The ordinary man is an anarchist. He want to do as he likes. He may want
his neighbour to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally
afraid of government officials and policemen." - G. B. Shaw, Address in N.Y., April
11,1933. – If only that were the truth. Unfortunately, the statists still form the vast
majority. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: The sense of the word anarchy means a condition without domination.
Absence of domination means freedom. A condition of freedom means order.‖ - J. H.
Mackay, Abrechnung, 107.
ANARCHY: The word 'anarchy' unsettles most people in the Western world; it suggests
disorder, violence, uncertainty. We have good reason for fearing these conditions,
because we have been living intimately with them for a long time, not in anarchist
societies ( there have never been any ) but in exactly those societies most fearful of
anarchy - the powerful nation-states of modern times." - Herbert Read, Anarchy & Order.
ANARCHY: The world's drift "has been not towards anarchy but towards the re-
imposition of slavery." - George Orwell, quoted from Harvard Crimson Supplement,
ANARCHY: There has never been an example of a perfect community, and it is unlikely,
whatever degree of civilisation, morality and wisdom man may reach, that all trace of
government and authority will disappear. But while the community is the dream of most
socialists, anarchy is the ideal of the economists' school of thought, which boldly aims at
abolishing all forms of government and constituting society solely on the basis of
property and free labour." - Proudhon, 1963, Federalism, pp. 288-291, in S. Edwards,
Proudhon, p. 105.
ANARCHY: They made and recorded a sort of institution and digest of anarchy, called
the Rights of Man." - Edmund Burke, Speech, Works, iii, 221. - Since most of these
codes were compiled by officials or statists, unionists etc. vying for state power, they are
thus only officially acceptable and correspondingly flawed "codes for anarchy", I have
attempted to collect and digitized private human rights declarations, ca 100 of them (
over 130 by 2008 ), in Peace Plans Nos. 589-590. More such drafts are wanted for future
issues - and improved editions of those already compiled. - J.Z., 28.1.93. – Alas, I have
encountered no interest among ―freedom lovers‖ to discuss & improve this collection and
thus to work towards an ideal code of individual rights and liberties. To that extent they
are mostly still statists or even opponents of genuine individual rights and liberties. – J.Z.,
ANARCHY: This was a kind of border that might be called no-man's land. - Daniel
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, ii, 563. - "The most famous No Man's Land in the U.S. was a
strip of territory 35 miles wide and 167 miles long, ceded to the Government by Texas in
1850, and without any form of government until incorporated with Oklahoma in 1890. It
was the refuge of outlaws and hostile Indians." - from a dictionary of quotations. – NO
ANARCHY: Thus he stands at the border between two worlds and anew epoch in the life
of mankind begins with him, the epoch of freedom! - We have still found no better name
for it than that of anarchy: An order constituted through mutual interests, instead of the
so far existing chaos of power, the exclusive sovereignty of the individual over his
personality instead of his subjection, self-responsibility for his actions instead of his
subjection, his uniqueness!" – John Henry Mackay, Max Stirner, p.176.
ANARCHY: To educate the wise man, the State exists; and with the appearance of the
wise man, the State expires." - Emerson, Essays, 2nd. series: Politics. - Where are or who
were all the people in whom State education, and nothing else, has raised wisdom, during
the last 150 years??? - J.Z., 28.1.93. – Seeing the lack of wisdom, the State was,
apparently, not very effective in spreading it, sufficiently to – according to Jefferson,
abolish itself. Or was the fear of being abolished by genuine education its motive for
introducing compulsory ―education‖ under government control? – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: True, in the international sphere, the great problem has been anarchy; but
this is not anarchism ( the deliberate elimination of government for cooperative living ).
It is, in fact, due to an EXCESS OF ORDER in the national states, which under the rule
of obedience to law, are able to send their citizens again and again into the maelstrom of
trans-national murder, without the deterrent effect of civic resistance." - Howard Zinn:
Disobedience & Democracy, p.17. – Here he calls the international confrontations of
territorial monopolists and coercers – Anarchism! What he means is merely the absence
of a still more powerful territorial, i.e. world-wide monopolist standing over these
territorial monopolists, i.e. the absence of a world State or world federation! – J.Z.,
ANARCHY: Tyranny, bad as it is, is better than anarchy; and the worst of governments
is more tolerable than no government at all." - Lord Chief Justice Camden: Judgment in
the Case of the Seizure of Papers, 1765. - What he calls anarchy is usually the ruthless
fight between several contenders for territorial, monopolistic and coercive power, it is
something that should rather be called "multi-archy" or "poly-archy", when such
contenders fight it out on the backs and at the expense of their subjects. - J.Z., 12.7.86,
27.1.93, 6.11.08. – DIS., TYRANNY, TERRITORIALISM
ANARCHY: We anarchists are enemies of the State because we want liberty and order.
Liberty and order are only guaranteed by anarchy, the absence of domination. Only the
Anarchists were always defenders and protectors of a mature society." - LERNZIEL
ANARCHY, Nr. 3. (" In diesem Sinne, naemlich....)
ANARCHY: We live today in the purest anarchy! - runs the complaint from all sides.
Alas, we do not live in an anarchy but under an archy." – John Henry Mackay,
Abrechnung, 136. – Not all anarchists want to live under a single form of anarchy, either.
Nor all statists under a single form of statism. To each his own! Under voluntarism and
exterritorial autonomy this would be possible. – J.Z., 6.11.08. – PANARCHISM,
ANARCHY: We need more anarchy, not the chaos produced by every territorial
government. - J.Z., 12.4.89. - J.Z. 12.4.89, 6.11.08.
ANARCHY: Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without
newspapers or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer
the latter." - Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Edward Carrington, Jan. 16, 1787. - FREE
ANARCHY: What do you want? Chaos or Anarchism?" - Owen Warrington, in the early
70-ties. - CHAOS
ANARCHY: What is usually called anarchy, in the sense of chaos and disorder, is
usually the result of excess archies or of excess territorial governing: Too many
governments trying to govern, each whole territories, each all too much over whole
populations, even over foreign territories and populations. The degrees to which the
individual subjects want any government, are ignored, as well as the desires of those who
do not want any government but would be content with their own societal arrangements.
– Such governmentalism or territorial imperialism must inevitably create disorder, at least
until all of us become transformed into uniform model robots, i.e., cease to be individual
human beings. - J.Z., 11.11.76, 27.1.93.
ANARCHY: When arguments among delegates stalled the Pennsylvania constitutional
convention for several months in its business of setting up a new government, life in the
commonwealth passed uneventfully. Benjamin Franklin is said to have warned the
delegates: 'Gentlemen, you see that in the anarchy in which we live, society manages
much as before. Take care, if our disputes last too long, that the people do not come to
think that they can very easily do without us." – Jerome Tuccille, Radical Libertarianism,
ANARCHY: Z: I suppose that the above quotes and remarks on anarchism, anarchists
and anarchy do not amount to more than 10% of what has been shortly said on these
subjects in some different wordings and terms and in different languages. The percentage
might even be much lower. To gather and add the rest to this compilation is largely up to
you. I also leave it to you to select or formulate the best ones. If anarchists do not take
sufficient interest in their world of ideas to undertake this and all the related tasks, that's
just too bad for them. - J.Z., 28.1.93.
ANATIONALISM: Over the past few years there has been a movement in economic
circles toward 'international' or 'multinational' corporations, which seems a good thing
to me. However, 'multinationalism' is only a small step in the right direction. The logical
extension of this trend is into 'anationalism', a phenomenon we shall certainly be hearing
more about in the years to come. - Briefly, several major corporations are now
contemplating moving their facilities out to sea beyond the legislative reaches of all
national governments. This is certainly one aspect, and an important one, of the
libertarian dream come true. First a national corporations; then, inevitably,
communities, power plants, airports, schools, shops, research centres, eventually
completely self-contained societies trading and communicating with other autonomous
anational societies. A network of free, apolitical, private societies rising up as an
alternative to increasingly debt-ridden, decaying nations-states." - Jerome Tuccille,
Libertarian Handbook, 1973. - Compare the origin and rise of "free cities". But should
we leave all of terra firma to the enemies? A retreat to ―ocean freedom‖ or
―Formosa/Taiwan‖ makes only sense when it is temporary and ultimately a liberation of
the mainland is aimed at. This also requires the liberation of the remaining sects of
communists and socialists, so that they can pursue their diverse ideals safe from
prosecution by a temporarily predominant territorial sect. - J.Z., 26.9.02.
ANATIONALISM: The 1990, under the leadership of the world's first reanimato,
marked the beginning of the anationalist age. - Disney was not the first to set up
headquarters at Sea. In 1975 Burlington Industries became the first corporation to build
an island headquarters in the Atlantic Ocean, two hundred miles east of New York City.
There, in international waters, the company was no longer subject to the laws of any
nation and was free to trade in the international marketplace without restrictions.‖ -
Tuccille, Here Comes Immortality, 107. – OCEAN FREEDOM
ANCESTRY: I don't know who my grandfather was; I am more concerned to know what
his grandson will be." - Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865. - See Nobility, Aristocracy. - Like
most rulers, Lincoln, too, was more concerned with his own career than with the
numerous victims of his power politics. - He was a power addict or power monger rather
than a liberator. A degree of slave liberation was merely an incidental effort, late in the
civil war. The subjugation of all of the States - under him was his main target. Moreover,
he was a protectionist rather than a free trader. A conqueror rather than a liberator. How
many slaves were "freed" at the costs of over half a million lives? - If the total and merely
money costs of the war, to the victorious North, were divided by the number of slaves
"freed", then how much could have been paid to purchase the liberty of each slave? - I
suppose that would have been much more than the "market" price of a slave. But that
personal liberty was never the main objective. - J.Z., 26.9.02. – CIVIL WAR,
ANGEL: I never met an angel I liked." - Robert Heinlein, Job, p.283.
ANGER: ... it was insane not to get angry, in atrocious situations." - Poul Anderson,
Orbit Unlimited, 32.
ANGER: A man who does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good." -
Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1887.
ANGER: And the trouble is that angry action is so much easier for men than is the slow,
hard process of thinking. - Michael Yamin, The Dreamers, ASTOUNDING SF,
ANGER: Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.‖ - Pythagoras. - FOLLY,
ANGER: Anger cannot win; it cannot even think clearly.‖ - Dwight D. Eisenhower.
ANGER: Anger carried to excess begets madness.‖ - Epicurus, quoted by Seneca, Letters
XVIII, page 69. Seneca commented, ibid: ―The outcome of violent anger is a mental
raving, and therefore anger is to be avoided not for the sake of moderation but for the
sake of sanity.‖ - MADNESS
ANGER: Anger is a bad counsellor.‖ - French proverb.
ANGER: Anger is a confession of helplessness." - Rathenau.
ANGER: Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that
riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.‖ - Tupper. - PASSION, FEELINGS
ANGER: Anger is a short madness." - Horaz. – Some kinds of anger last for years,
decades and even a life-time. If it is true that stress is life-shortening, that we can bear
only a certain amount of it, then a persistent anger would shorten our lives. – J.Z.,
ANGER: Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.‖ - Malabar Proverb.
ANGER: Anger is often only a mask for envy." - Lothar Schmidt. – ANTI-
ANGER: Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and
hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.‖ -
ANGER: Anger is useful only when guided by reason and moral sense.‖ - J.Z., 15.11.85.
ANGER: Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that
provokes it.‖ - Seneca, STOICISM, SELF-CONTROL
ANGER: Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to
anything on which it is poured.‖ - Seneca.
ANGER: Anybody can become angry - that is easy; but to be angry with the right person,
and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right
way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.‖ - Aristotle, Nicomachean
Ethics. – Two other versions: ―Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry
with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in
the right way - that is not easy." - Aristotle, quoted in READER‘S DIGEST, 10.81. - "It
is easy to fly into a passion - anybody can do that - but to be angry with the right person
to the right extent and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way -
that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it.‖ - Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics,
4th c. B.C., 2.9, tr. K. Thomson.
ANGER: Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the
stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.‖ - Quarles.
ANGER: Can heavenly minds yield to such rage? - Virgil [Publius Virgilius Maro],
Aeneid, I, 11. - RAGE
ANGER: Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from
those very things for which you are angry and grieved.‖ - Marcus Antoninus.
ANGER: Direct your anger positively – not to the punishment of supposed culprits but of
real causes. - J.Z., 5.8.92, 6.11.08. – However, there are also some real culprits. But your
anger will only very rarely lead to their improvement. J.Z., 6.11.08. - PERSONAL
ANGER: Do not let anger control you. Control your anger." - Radio preacher, 23.1.75.
ANGER: Have people lost the capacity to become morally indignant and angry? Or are
there so many injustices done to them simultaneously that they acquiesce, like Gulliver
did, to the numerous small ties put upon him on the beach of Lilliput? - J.Z., 28.1.77. - Or
are they simply aware how powerless their rulers have made them? - J.Z., 17.11.78. -
ANGER: He that cannot be angry is no man." - Thomas Dekker, The Honest Whore, I,
ANGER: Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at
someone else; you are the one getting burned.” - Buddha
ANGER: How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it?"
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, XI, c.170.
ANGER: I absolutely disagree with you‖ - is no occasion for bad temper but, rather, an
invitation to check one's own premises and positions, seeking correction or improvement
- at least refinement in exposition." – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.91.
ANGER: Losers get angry.‖ – From film ―Blue Ice‖, with Michael Caine. – Under
panarchism everyone can be a winner with his system, if it is a good enough one. And if
it isn‘t, then he should be angry only with himself, - for have chosen it all too uncritically.
– J.Z., 20.8.08. – RED.
ANGER: Master of your own anger - master of all." - proverb, quoted by Alexander
Solzhenitsyn, in August 14, p. 706.
ANGER: Never get angry at the other person's ignorance. He has no monopoly on that.
No doubt the other sincerely believes his position is right. The extent to which he cannot
explain his belief is one measure of his ignorance." - Leonard E. Read, Elements of
Libertarian Leadership, p.138.
ANGER: No creative act was ever done in anger. One never reflects or thinks when thus
impassioned.‖ – Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening? p.196.
ANGER: Of the seven deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to
smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter
confrontations still to come, to savour to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are
given and the pain you are giving back - in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief
drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.‖
- Frederich Buechner, Wishful Thinking. - LOVE, HATE, AMIABILITY, TOLERANCE,
ANGER: Once you act in anger, you become nothing more than a twitching mass on the
end of somebody else's string..." - George T. McCallum, LIBERTARIAN OPTION, 1/75.
ANGER: Our anger and impatience often prove more mischievous than the things about
which we are angry and impatient." - Marcus Aurelius.
ANGER: The difference between a conviction and a prejudice is that you can explain a
conviction without getting angry." - From the Quotable Quotations Book, edited by Alec
ANGER: The size of a man can be measured by the size of the thing that makes him
angry." - J. Kenfield Morley, Some Things I Believe, 1937.
ANGER: To be angry is to revenge the faults of others upon ourselves." - Alexander
Pope, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1727.
ANGER: Touch me with noble anger." - Shakespeare: King Lear, II, 1606. - And keep
your ignoble anger to yourself! - J.Z., 12.7.86.
ANGER: Truth not advanced by name-calling, nagging, preachments. Freedom
philosophy harmed by angry protagonists." - Read, Let Freedom Reign, VII.
ANGER: Use anger productively - for liberation only. - J.Z., 23.1.75.
ANGER: Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their
condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.‖ - Malcolm X. But only
rarely a change for the better. Cool heads should prevail even in revolutions. The others
tend to be merely murderers, arsonists and other destroyers. - Libertarians and anarchists
should draft a program for a "cool" and really liberating revolution or resistance. - J.Z.,
26. 11. 06. - FURY
ANGER: When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, count a hundred.‖ -
Thomas Jefferson. - SELF-CONTROL
ANGER: When the wise get angry, they lose their wisdom." - Talmud.
ANGER: Whenever a person angrily projects his philosophy, he either does not
understand it well, or else it is not worthy of projection." - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom
Reign, p.93.
ANGER: You couldn't get into a man's mind with reason while it was inflamed with
anger; the prejudice screen was at its strongest then." - Mark Clifton & Frank Riley,
They'd Rather Be Right, p.32. (SF)
ANIMAL LIBERATIONIST: One who fights for the rights of rats; one who proves that
egalitarianism is for the birds.‖ - L.A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon.
ANIMAL LIBERATIONIST: The more people are ignorant of or non-appreciative of
individual human rights, the more they seem to be interested in the rights of animals,
insects and weeds. And rather than growing and keeping them as their pets or wild
beings, on their own rightfully acquired properties and parks, in the majority of instances,
they want other people to foot the bills for their preferences. To that extent they are
inhuman and anti-human, and have reduced themselves to wild beasts of prey against
peaceful human beings doing their own thing. However, I have some tiny use for them: I
want them to find out for me how horses and cows know where to nibble or lick on
another horse or cow, to stop itching: "Social animals perform many little services for
each other; horses nibble, and cows lick each other, on any spot which itches; monkeys
search each other for external parasites." - Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, IV,
ANIMAL LOVERS: the sort of man who feels noble and distinguished when a dog licks
his hand.‖ – H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, Second Series, p.172. - PETS, DOGS
ANIMAL RIGHTS: Animal rights advocates are all too often in favor of releasing
animals into the world but not for releasing humans into full liberty. Nor are they in favor
of releasing e.g. all sheep, goats, pigs, cats, dogs and cattle into what is left of the
wilderness, or ―holy cows‖ into the streets. And often they seem to prefer animal rights to
human rights. –J.Z., 17.8.94, 21.9.08.
ANIMAL RIGHTS: Are they rights? What are their rights? List them and reason for
them! Do all people have all rights, regardless of their age, mental capacity and actions?
Do all animals have all rights of human beings? How could they realize their freedom of
press and information? Are they inherent for them? Are they derived from their rational
and moral characteristics, as many of those of man are? I postulate that animals are not
sufficiently rational to be able to understand and apply all rights and responsibilities of
adult and rational human beings. Moreover, although they are like human babies and
infants in their mentality, they do not have the capacity, in most instances, to develop
much further towards rationality and morality. They may, like dogs, have some
comprehension of property but hardly any of exchange. As self-respecting, rational and
moral beings, we owe them at least the avoidance of cruel treatment and unnecessary
killing. In our own interest, we ought to do something to preserve their various species
and ours is almost the only species which has realized that and does already do something
about it. Others live mostly only in some symbiotic relationships with some other species.
- But such obligations and interests ought to be pursued only by volunteers. Government
reservations and ghettos were not even very successful and just - in their treatment of
slightly different human beings. Most government-run and coercively financed zoos are
nothing to be very proud of. Once all our individual human rights are recognized and
realized, we would also have much more resources, time, energy and interests to help
other and lesser creatures. Thus, individual human rights first! - J.Z., 29.1.93.
ANIMAL RIGHTS: There is, in fact, rough justice in the quip that 'we will recognize the
rights of animals whenever they petition for them.' The fact that animals can obviously
NOT petition for their 'rights' is part of their nature and part of the reason why they are
clearly not equivalent to, and do not possess the rights of, human beings. And if it be
protested that babies can't petition either, the reply of course is that babies are future
human adults, whereas animals obviously are not." – Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of
Liberty, p.156. The following are two relevant footnotes: "For an attack upon the
supposed rights of animals, see Peter Geach, Providence and Evil, Cambridge U.P.,
1977, pp 79-89; and Geach, The Virtues, p. 19. - Cf. the brief discussion of man and
comparable creatures in John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, N.Y.,
1965, p.291."
ANIMAL SHELTER: A death camp for dogs and cats. In 1978, Guy Hodges, a director
of the Humane Society, gave the following information to the Associated Press: More
than 7.5 million dogs end up in animal shelters each year. Only one in 13 of those dogs
will ever be adopted or returned to their owners. Except for a small percentage used in
research and therapy, the other 6.9 million will be destroyed. Most dogs are destroyed
with an injection of barbiturates, the most humane method, causing death in a matter of
seconds. Some are gassed with carbon monoxide, and others are destroyed in
decompression chambers where they die from lack of air. Most animal shelters cremate
the dogs on the premises. Others are taken to landfills, and a small number are used by
industry, such as for making soap. Some furriers buy dog skins. All in all, it's a veritable
HOLOCAUST of hounds." - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon." - Nor do I consider
compulsory sterilisation to be a very loving act towards them, either, or the drowning of
their young. - But what can we expect from humans when annually ca. 40 - 100 million
unborn babies are killed by their own parents, with professional assistance? That vast
annual holocaust worries me more even than the mass murder by the Nazis and Soviets.
No rational being could doubt the humanity of the victims of Hitler's and Stalin's
prosecutions. But by the curious standards which are still prevailing, they were at least to
some degree strangers, aliens and foreigners ( never a sufficient excuse for their murder
or suppression! ) and not the own children! - J.Z., 29.1.93. - ABORTION
ANSWERS: If we can really understand the problem the answer will come out of it,
because the answer is not separate from the problem." - Krishamurti, The Penguin
Krishnamurti Reader. - QUESTIONS, PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS. - I never thought I
would feel like quoting him. For I cannot remember any worthwhile answer or solution
that he had to offer – My father was one of his fans. I never understood why. - J.Z.,
ANSWERS: That I know precisely the right words is not claimed; indeed, my thesis is
that neither I nor anyone else has all the answers. - Yet it behoves us to bring as much
light to the surface as lies within our power. Where are the answers to be found? Not in
governmental management of creative activities! They are not to be found in the planned
economy and the welfare state, but in the absence of these arrangements, which is to say,
IN THE PRACTICE OF FREEDOM. For it is only in an essentially free society that
unknown answers to problems of this nature emerge from the minds of men and become
known. Freedom, with all the answers there are, is allowed to perform when coercion,
which has no answers, is removed. This is my thesis." – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom
Reign, XIV. Elsewhere, he said, much more concisely: "Release all creative energies."
Alas, he never asked or pushed for an ideas archive, as suggested in PP 183 or for
panarchic and exterritorial and competitive experimental freedom among volunteers, as
suggested in my On Panarchy series. - J.Z. 29.1.93.
ANSWERS: To have the answer, you must first know the question." - heard on Prime TV,
ANTAGONISTIC INTERESTS: Therefore, those schools of thought that start with the
assumption that men's interests are antagonistic to one another have never yet done
anything to solve the problem except to eliminate liberty. They are still trying to ascertain
which, out of all the infinite forms that coercion can assume, is the right one, or indeed, if
there is any right one. And, if they ever do reach any agreement as to which form of
coercion they prefer, there will still remain the final difficulty of getting all men
everywhere to accept it freely.‖ - Bastiat, Economic Harmonies, FEE, 1968, p. xxii,
quoted in The Love of Liberty, by L. E. Read, p. 49. - HARMONIES, INTERESTS,
ANTARCTICA: Seeing that some ecologists have become so irrational as to demand the
total abstention from using a whole continent, and be it only for mining, and although it
may be the most suitable continent for this, precisely for ecological reasons, the least
number of species and living beings being interfered with thereby, in this location, one
might have expected even government bureaucrats to be rational enough to reject such
proposals. Instead, an international treaty of this kind seems to have become ratified for
this, after much expensive advertising. These kinds of ecologists are well on the road to
making man the most endangered species on earth in their worship of the Goddess of
Earth: Gaia. Like any religious fanatics, they are neither well informed not rational nor
morally self-controlled but ready to sacrifice everybody for their beliefs. If only they
would start with themselves! - J.Z., 16.3.86, 29.1.93. - However, the case is interesting as
a radical demand, first by only a few crackpots, being relatively soon embodied in an
international treaty. I guess no bureaucrat or politician had any strong vested interest
there or many votes to lose in that "electorate". - J.Z., 1.2.93.
ANTHEM, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL: Australia's National Anthem: "Advance
Australia Fair", has been renamed: Advance Australia Where?" - quoted to J.Z., 9/74.
One might also ask: How and why and upon whose command and by what means? -
ANTHROPOCENTRIC: Centring in man, regarding man as the central fact of the
universe, to which all surrounding facts have reference." - Dictionary definition. - To that
extent I am a nationalist or humanist, in favour of my human nation, or mankind. - J.Z.,
5/73, 29.1.93.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: America has freed the world and the world cannot forgive her
for that." – Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought, p. 4. - America has not
sufficiently freed itself and the world and I for one cannot forgive "her" for that. - J.Z.,
29.1.93. - Even in the U.S. not a single comprehensive freedom library has been
established so far! - J.Z., 26.9.02.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: For a good many years now America has been more or less
under the sway of the notion that society should be reconstructed, controlled, and
directed by government." - Clarence B. Carson, There Ought Not To Be A Law, THE
FREEMAN, 6/76, p. 341. - To that extent I am Anti-American, too. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: For example, the non-whites in North Carolina alone own more
automobiles than all the people in Russia; ..." - Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty,
1975, p. 90. - Later some managed to turn this fact against the U.S. and into an argument
in favour of the Soviet regime! Less exhaust gases! Why bother asking the consumers
what they would prefer? Without the government patent system we might long ago have
got around to using non-polluting cars. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: Hess: I could understand an American New Left position that
favoured socialism in the Arab states, but most of the Arab nations are feudal. They're
actually pre-capitalist! I think what you've hit on here is perhaps the gravest weakness of
the American Left today: a reflexive hatred of anything American (*). If an American
doctor cured cancer tomorrow, there would be people on the Left who would call it a plot
by the drug companies." - PLAYBOY interview, 7/76. – (*) Excepting the American
Left! - J.Z..
ANTI-AMERICANISM: Our lack of poverty is called materialism, our lack of political
dogma is called aimlessness and confusion." - Putlitzer Prize historian Daniel J. Boorstin,
quoted in THE FREEMAN, 9/75, p. 564. - The extensive ideological influence of long
outdated and refuted European thoughts upon the U.S.A. has finally born fruit there, too,
by creating artificially and by interventionist law, under the pretence of doing good, very
extensive poverty, which would not have occurred without this ideologically motivated
interventionism. If Americans had been less "idealistic" and more pragmatic, they would
merely have let all the leftist experiments go ahead, quite autonomously, exterritorially
and under their own personal laws and constitutions, among their first followers. They
would soon have disappointed themselves and taught themselves and observers the
necessary lessons. Their movement would never have become large enough to establish
again and change territorial legislation in their favour, for the whole country, and all their
opponents, thus running the whole country down, without individuals and minorities
being left free to opt out of this mess. - J.Z., 29.1.93. - PANARCHISM
ANTI-AMERICANISM: The Anti-Americanism of all too many Americans is often no
more moral and rational than the Anti-Americanism of many of the leftist foreigners. -
J.Z., 23.8.01. Notions of Americanism are often as vague and wrong as are those of
capitalism. - J.Z., 31.1.02.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: The intellectuals had been fretful about the Americanization of
Europe (*) the crumbling of old culture before the mechanised barbarism of soft drinks,
hard sells, enormous chrome-plated automobiles ( dollar grins, the Danes had called
them ), chewing gum, plastics... None of them had protested the simultaneous
Europeanisation of America: bloated government, unlimited armament, official nosiness,
censors, secret police, chauvinism... Well, for a while there had been objectors, but first
their own excesses and silliness discredited them, then later..." - Poul Anderson, Sam
Hall. – (*) In trivial things, as trivial as most of the concerns of most of the intellectuals,
who happen to have no rational and moral programme for most of the major problems of
our times. - J.Z.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: The muddle in many heads, made up of egalitarianism, anti-
capitalism, hatred of corporations, of wealth, fear of competition, indiscriminate love of
cooperation, economic ignorance and prejudices regarding interest, rent, profit, property,
prices, wages, self-management etc. - J.Z., 23.8.01.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: The single threat running through these allegations is the
assignment of guilt to those who have been successful in finding the way to provide
themselves not only the necessities but also some pleasures of life. I am not praising
extravagance or conspicuous consumption. The point is that Americans enjoy more of the
world's goods because they produce more of them. If they were prevented from enjoying
them they would stop producing them." - John C. Sparks, THE FREEMAN, 5/75. - Now
they are, all too often, stopped from producing them, although they would still like to
produce and consume them. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: The state of America today is that of a country about which
there are more lies told by Americans than were dreamt of in Moscow, Peking or
Havana." - Arnold Beichman, Nine Lies About America, Nash, before 1972.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: There are those in this country whose pleasure, or profit, is to
believe that our assailants are motivated by what is wrong about us ... we are assailed
because we are a democracy." - Daniel P. Moynihan, TIME, 18.12.78. - One could even
say that America is assailed out of envy, because it is more successful! - J.Z. 4.6.82. -
And because its freedom tradition and potential are still so large that they might suddenly
come to fruition not only in the U.S. but in the rest of the world, to the disadvantage of all
oppressive and exploitative governments and their "intellectual" supporters. - J.Z.,
ANTI-AMERICANISM: What is hard to understand is why so many people, who cannot
point out many great achievements of their own, far less steps towards more individual
liberty, can run down major U.S. achievements - however presently suppressed by
American statism - concentrating only upon remaining and relatively few and minor evils
- when they are not due to statism, condemning everything American, even the whole
internal opposition, wholesale. They sound ready for their kind of cure: mass murder
devices whose targets are whole countries. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
ANTI-AMERICANISM: When people reveal themselves indiscriminately as anti-
Americans, what are they actually opposing? E.g. American bureaucracy of the American
mixed economy or the remnants of free enterprise? The formal constitution or its all too
belated and incomplete bill of rights amendments? American racists or the attempts to
legislate against them? The officially sanctioned and limited market activities or the
extensive black market activities? American taxation or the wide-spread attempts to
avoid it? American paintings, jazz, writers or sportsmen? American nuclear weapons or
Coca Cola and Computers? Which specific national, racial, social, economic or cultural
component of the melting pot do they oppose most and which not at all? Are any of these
features they oppose, not to be found in other nations and not opposed to a large extent in
America itself? - Whoever condemns the beliefs, actions and institutions of hundreds of
millions of people indiscriminately, wholesale, has not got all his marbles together and is
well on the road to start another holocaust, He is the danger, not what he attacks. - J.Z.,
ANTI-CAPITALISM: The immense majority of the world's population is extremely poor
when compared with the average standard of living in capitalist (*) nations. But this
poverty does not explain their propensity to adopt the communist program. They are anti-
capitalistic because they are blinded by envy, ignorant and too dull to appreciate
correctly the causes of their distress. There is but one means to improve their material
conditions, namely, to convince them that only capitalism can render them more
prosperous." – Ludwig von Mises, Planning for Freedom, p.141. - Unfortunately, Mises
did not include e.g. full monetary freedom in his vision for capitalism, nor cooperative
forms of production, nor competing governments and communities for "public services".
- J.Z., 29.1.93. - CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM – (*) already or still
somewhat capitalistic! – J.Z.
ANTI-CAPITALIST MENTALITY: All people, however fanatical they may be in their
zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately
clamoring for the products it turns out.‖ - Ludwig von Mises - CONSUMERISM
ANTI-CAPITALIST MENTALITY: People who bite the hand that feeds them usually
lick the boot that kicks them.” - Eric Hoffer. - WELFARE STATE, STATISM,
ANTI-COMMUNISM, LIBERTARIAN: We are anticommunist. We are more
anticommunist than the conservatives, for we include in our anticommunism opposition
to communist institutions in our midst, such as the selective service system." - David
Friedman, in "Manifesto", 57. - Why not call it selective military slavery? - J.Z., 29.1.93.
ANTI-COMMUNISM: American government support for anti-communist dictators led,
in 80% of the cases, to communist, or at least anti-American regimes. Case examples:
Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, Chile, South Africa, Haiti, the Philippines. Only one of those
post-revolutionary regimes could be regarded as friendly to American interests.‖ -
Michael F. Flynn, A Rose by Other Name, ANALOG, 5/90, 133. - DICTATORSHIPS,
ANTI-COMMUNISM: I am an anti-communist who wants to conclude a peace treaty
with genuine communists ( not aspiring tyrants and totalitarians ), to which other anti-
communists would also be inclined to subscribe - because it would grant all of us
exterritorial autonomy, e.g. capitalism for consenting adults, as well as communism for
consenting adults. The common enemy would be any group that attempted to continue
territorial, coercive and monopolistic impositions upon any dissenters, in the pursuit of
their supposedly ideal society and ideal "public service" notions. - J.Z., 28.4.83, 29.1.93.
MINORITY AUTONOMY FOR ALL ( The latter not necessarily under that particular
wording. )
ANTI-COMMUNISM: They said they wanted to take effective action against
communism. But they revealed a willingness to adopt the very programs Marx had
recommended. Didn't they understand that their enemy was "communism" ( an economic
philosophy )? No, they did not. Many of them still don't;..." - LEFEVRE'S JOURNAL,
ANTICRAT: Anticrat: Alternative term for anarchist‖, suggested in ANY TIME NOW,
No. 10, Summer 2000, p. 6. - ANARCHIST
ANTI-CRATS: Term quoted on p. 32 of J. J. Ehrlich et al: Reinventing Anarchy.
ANTI-ECONOMICS: Prosperity: it currently results in part from the production of arms
(*) that we do not expect to use (**), and in part from our new way of getting rich, which
is to buy things from one another that we do not want (***) at prices we cannot pay
(****) on terms we cannot meet (*****) because of advertisement, we do not believe.
(*** ***) – Robert Maynard Hutchins - - Speak for yourself, man, and other fools. - This
kind of nonsense is typical in pop-economics, neo-comics, anti-economics or non-
economics that abounds almost everywhere, even in most "scholarly" economic journals.
- - (*) Which enriches the arms manufacturers and workers while impoverishing the
general taxpayer even more! - - (**) Alas, the are extensively sold to even more
irresponsible and warlike governments! – (***) says who? The buyer? – (****) Then no
sales take place! – (*****) Why then voluntarily subscribe to them? – (*** ***) Enough
to risk our own money! - J.Z., 25.3.84,29.1.93. - See Terry Arthur's: "95% of Everything
Is Crap". – DIS.
ANTI-GLOBALISM: A peculiar alliance has recently come into life. Forces from the
extreme left, the extreme right, environmentalist groups, trade unions of developed
countries and some self-appointed representatives of civil society, are gathering around a
common endeavour: to save the people of developing countries from... development.‖ -
Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico – GLOBALIZATION, FREE TRADE,
ANTI-IMPERIALISM: The last refuge of an imperialist." - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer's
ANTI-INDUSTRIAL-REVOLUTION: Well, this, I guess", said Fred Kinnan, "is the
anti-industrial revolution." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.510.
ANTI-MAJORITARIANISM: Coined by M. Stanton Evans, according to THE
FREEMAN, I/76, p. 63.
ANTI-MONOPOLISM: Let's put it very simple: You are a monopolist and I am an anti-
monopolist. - J.Z., 10.12.83.
ANTI-MONOPOLISM: Panarchism is just a consistent extension of anti-monopolism,
laissez faire, competition, cooperation, individual liberty, free associationism, democracy,
pluralism, capitalism, freedom of contract, free markets, consumer sovereignty, free
enterprise, minority autonomy, constitutionalism, liberalism, libertarianism, property
rights and propertarianism, decentralisation, utopism, alternative institutions, intentional
communities, participatory democracy, direct democracy, government by consent, free
voting ( not just confined to territorial party candidates ) syndicalism, anarchism and
libertarian socialism, and insurance company package deals. - J.Z., 10.12.92, 29.1.93.
ANTI-POLITICS: Go into anti-politics, not into politics! - J.Z., 31.12.75. Get into
exterritorial autonomy rather than into territorial despotism. - J.Z., 26.9.02. -
ANTI-RACIST: One who is prejudiced against the prejudiced and intolerant of the
intolerant; one who hates the haters and discriminates against the discriminators." - L.
A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon.
ANTI-SEMITISM: An anti-semite is a semite who is anti-something. What it is he is
against, he does not say. - Herbert Mueller-Guttenbrunn's linguistic interpretation of the
ANTISEMITISM: Christ was a Jew and he was crucified by the Nazis of his time. Jews
were also his first followers. A single and supposedly the one and only God, his asserted
spiritual and bodily father, reportedly tried to persuade Jews before all others, perhaps
because they took religion far too serious. – And ―ad hominem‖ remark to ―Christians‖,
who in their ignorance also manage to be antisemites. – J.Z., 7.11.06. – Why a supreme
being like the one Christians and Jews imagine to exist would want to be worshipped –
and this merely by people like humans - was never explained to me. – J.Z., 20.9.08. –
ANTISEMITISM: Christians are mostly non-Jews who follow, somewhat, a Jewish
sectarian prophet, murdered upon the instigation of Jewish priests, almost 2000 years ago
in Palestine. The Christian anti-Semites managed to blame all Jews for this murder of
Christ, i.e., of a Jew by his Jewish & powerful competitors. By blaming all Jews, they do
really blame Christ, and all of Christ‘s first followers as well, including his apostles,
however absurd that is. And Christians, professing a love for one‘s neighbor and even for
one‘s enemy, have managed to murder millions of Jews and at least the Christian anti-
Semites still do not blame themselves for these murders, just because almost 2000 years
ago some Jews murdered a particular Jew. Now the leaders of some supposedly Christian
nations even keep in readiness numerous mass murder devices. Only the leaders of one
―Christian‖ nation has ever used them in earnest. Such ―people‖ or, rather, wild beasts,
are not justified with murdering just one ―heretic‖ or religious reformer, or executing just
one tyrant - but want to murder his victims en masse, on the biblical ―principle‖ of
collective responsibility of subjects for the crimes of their rulers. Can one be more wrong
and irrational? – J.Z., 4.2.06, 18.10.07. - CHRISTIANS
ANTISEMITISM: Christians are mostly non-Jews who follow, somewhat, a Jewish
sectarian prophet, murdered upon the instigation of Jewish priests, almost 2000 years ago
in Palestine. The Christian anti-Semites managed to blame all Jews for this murder of
Christ, i.e., a Jew by his Jewish & powerful competitors. By blaming all Jews, they do
really blame Christ as well, and all of Christ‘s first followers, including his apostles,
however absurd that is. And Christians, professing a love for one‘s neighbor and even for
one‘s enemy, have managed to murder millions of Jews and at least the Christian anti-
Semites still do not blame themselves for these murders, just because almost 2000 years
ago some Jews murdered a particular Jew. Now the leaders of some supposedly Christian
nations even keep in readiness numerous mass murder devices. Only the leaders of one
―Christian‖ nation has ever used them in earnest. Such ―people‖ or, rather, wild beasts,
are not justified with murdering just one ―heretic‖ or religious reformer, or executing just
one tyrant - but want to murder his victims en masse, on the biblical ―principle‖ of
collective responsibility of subjects for the crimes of their rulers. Can one be more wrong
and irrational? – J.Z., 4.2.06, 18.10.07. - CHRISTIANS
ANTI-SEMITISM: If humans were human, there would be no "Jewish question". -
Hobbes, in my re-translation from the German version. - J.Z.
ANTI-SEMITISM: It is not the Jews who are hated but an imaginary image of them." -
Hugo Valentin. – Alas, most antisemites cannot distinguish between their false image and
the reality. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ANTI-SEMITISM: It is one of the numerous irrational conclusions from the all too
popular "principle" of collective responsibility. Upon that principle all groups with some
common features or faiths or activities, are collectively condemned by at least some
idiotic minorities, just because they do have, like all groups, some bad apples among
them, often those on top. Unfortunately, Jewish people, like most members of other
collectively accused and attacked groups, do also mostly subscribe to the principle of
collective responsibility. In the Old as well as the New Testament it is both attacked and
defended and up to now the religious ―moralists‖ have not yet taken a quite clear stand on
either side but have rather left the question unsettled or un-dealt with in their discussions.
And so have most of their critics. All territorial governmentalists, aware or unconsciously
and unthinkingly, quite automatically, apply the principle to all their tax, conscription and
other victims in their whole state or national territories or to those victims of other
territorial governments. Others "conclude" from this that these victims are "therefore" apt
targets for mass extermination weapons of the ABC type. Yet not one in a 1,000 anti-
nuke protestors attacks that principle! On the contrary, upon almost every opportunity he
applies or proposes its application. With such friends, who needs enemies? - J.Z.,
ANTISEMITISM: Jews are scapegoats for economic sins.‖ – Bernard Berenson, 1865-
1959, Lore and Maurice Cowan, compilers, The Wit of the Jews, Leslie Frewin, London,
1970, p.16.
ANTISEMITISM: Some Nazis surrounded an old Jew and asked him who was
responsible for the war. – “The Jews”, answered the old man, and then added, “and the
cyclists.” – “Why the cyclists?” asked the puzzled Nazis. – “Why the Jews?” answered
the old man.” - Lore and Maurice Cowan, compilers, The Wit of the Jews, Leslie Frewin,
London, 1970, p.141. – JOKES, NAZIS, WAR, CYCLISTS
ANTI-SEMITISM: The most dangerous survival of cannibalism.‖ - Joseph Stalin. - He is
probably guilty of having ordered the murder of more human beings, Jews included, than
all the anti-semites of history have ever murdered in sum total. And he did it under the
banner of state communism or state socialism. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
ANTI-SEMITISM: The Socialism of fools!” - August Bebel, Antisemitismus und
Sozialdemokratie, October 27, 1893, quoted in Seldes. - State socialism is the
―economics‖ of fools. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
ANTI-SEMITISM: Those who hate people with other skin colours - dumb as they are -
are much more intelligent than the antisemites, for the former can at least distinguish
their hate objects more or less clearly from others. - J.Z., 4.7.82.
ANTISEMITISM: To an anti-semitic crowd besieging his house in Frankfurt: “My
friends, you want money from the rich Jew. There are forty million Germans. I have
about as many florins. As a beginning I‟ll drop a florin to each of you.” – The mob held
out their hands, caught the money, and left.‖ – Amschel Mayer, 1773-1855, . - Lore and
Maurice Cowan, compilers, The Wit of the Jews, Leslie Frewin, London, 1970, p.109. –
A good example of keeping cool, choosing the right words and the right action at the
same time, to prevent violence and destruction in a riot. - JEWS,
ANTI-TRUST LAWS: When enough of us can see that antitrust laws are denying
competition in the name of protecting competition, the antitrust laws will as readily fall
by the wayside as did the inept Volstead Act." – Leonard E. Read, Having My Way,
ANTI-TRUST: Anti-trust actions penalised efficient management to the satisfaction of
the less enterprising. Likewise did quotas, tariffs, wage and price limits, preferential
contract policies..." - Poul Anderson, Mirkheim, 106. - TRUSTS, COMBINES,
ANTI-TRUST: Antitrust is a set of laws either restricting or prohibiting unpopular but,
nonetheless, VOLUNTARY uses of private property." - D. T. Armentano, REASON, 1/72.
ANTI-TRUST: In my own opinion the antitrust laws of this country are anti-capitalist in
intent and in effect, and in addition constitute one of the major sources of confusion and
unwarranted guilt feeling on the part of the businessman. These laws brand as anti-social
precisely those achievements by which the businessman evaluates his performance. He
gets bigger and says, Great! The antitrust laws say, Bad! He gains superiority over his
rivals and says, Great! The antitrust laws say, Bad! He increases his market share and
says, Great! The antitrust laws say, Bad! If his profits are above average, he says, Great!
The antitrust laws say, That's bad! One or the other has to be wrong, and in my opinion
it's the antitrust laws." - B. R. Rogge, Will Capitalism Survive? in: Champions of
Freedom, The Ludwig von Mises Lecture Series, p. 28. ( Which volume? I have got 4
volumes of that series, 1975-77, but this quote is in none of them. I can only hope that
they are all online by now. - J.Z., 6.11.08. )
ANTI-TRUST: Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) has introduced S 926 to bring unions under
anti-trust laws. Now, if he'd just included governmental agencies." - SOUTHERN
ANZAC DAY: An Australian national holiday to salute those, who served in WW I & II,
originating from the mad Anzac campaign initiated by Winston Churchill during WW I.
One of his major mistakes, presumably ―attacking the soft underbelly of Europe‖. How
many of his wrongful decisions were made while he was ―under the influence‖? How
many paid with their lives or limbs or health for them? Whom did they serve? What were
their rightful war aims? Was more than blind nationalism and obedience or loyalty
involved? What was their worthwhile vision? Does that vision deserve respect still? Is
any self-sacrifice on behalf of a flawed vision something to be respected and honored?
What was won with WW I, the war supposed to end all wars? Why was it started in the
first place? Are all the power, monetary despotism, taxation and conscription conditions,
decision-making monopolies and territorialist institutions and conditions, which made
WW I possible still in place and not even thoroughly enough criticized? How could it
have been prevented? It seems that such and related questions are only all too rarely
asked and discussed on this holy day of Australia, although this would be much more
fitting and useful than military parades on that day. – J.Z., 25.4.96, 21.9.08.
ANZAC DAY: How many, if any, books or articles on war prevention has the average
Anzac soldier read? And how many were read by their widows, orphans and
grandchildren? Such heroes, and victims, I am sorry to have to say this, preferred,
usually, risking their lives or suffering the loss of their husbands and fathers - to thinking
about how such risks could be altogether avoided. And this kind of thing has been going
on for all too many centuries, with all too few moral and rational counter-moves being
attempted or even thought about. The ―Lysistrata‖ comedy of Aristophanes was one of
the early exceptions. The women of Athens organized a love strike to get their lovers and
husbands to induce them to cease fighting and come and stay home, to do their things as
husbands and lovers again, instead of going off to war once again. – J.Z., 24.4.97. –
APARTHEID: Apartheid is a deliberate and conscious attempt to prevent the free market
- and its racially integrating effects - from working.‖ - THE FREE NATION, 13.4.78.
APARTHEID: Compulsory togetherness is not a moral alternative to compulsory
apartheid. - J.Z., 30.6.89.
APARTHEID: Don't fight Apartheid. Make it perfect, instead. This requires that it would
be continued only on a non-coercive and non-territorial basis, together with all other
systems that do have some supporters, all only among volunteers and all under full
autonomy, i.e. their own constitutions, laws, jurisdiction and any other services they want
to arrange for themselves, at their own expense and risk. Naturally, there would also be
quite a few more or less enlightened volunteer communities to whom at least racial
differences would not matter at all. Hopefully, gradually more and more people would
join such communities. But to compulsorily introduce e.g. racial integration is no more
right or possible than a complete compulsory segregation is. We are already all of us
racially much too mixed for that and live too much intermixed with each other. Even that
integration has to be an individual and voluntary and quite free choice. Or should we
introduced quotas for mixed marriages, too, and calculate for these racial percentages like
the Australian Immigration Office did at least until a few years ago, for potential
immigrants? Should we centrally plan for our children from mothers and fathers of
different races, too? Anyhow, according to my 1959 edition of the Encyclopaedia
Britannica no pure race is left. We have already, individually, opted for gradual
biological integration and no human meddling can stop or reverse that process, however
clubbish and isolationist some groups may become in their voluntary affiliations.
Exterritorial and voluntary apartheid for the segregationists of any colour and exterritorial
and voluntary integration for the integrationists of any colour. Also voluntary
communities which do not pay any attention to such differences at all, however much e.g.
the sexual partner preferences of their members might differ. However, Apartheid has
become a swear word by now and most cannot sort out its voluntarist possibilities from
its present coercive and monopolistic features. Thus the rightful alternatives should
probably be advocated under other terms. E.g. see under Panarchism. Only today I saw
something very similar proposed as "Kritarchy", by Michael van Notten, Africa, in ISIL's
WORLD FREEDOM BULLETIN, Nov. 92, p. 4. - J.Z., 3.7.86, 29.1.93.
APARTHEID: This is not voluntary separatism ... it is coercive separatism - not freedom
of association, but racial segregation enforced by the jackboot of the state." – Jerome
Tuccille, Radical Libertarianism, p.21.
APARTHEID: Thus, not only have blacks been prevented from purchasing land and
competing agriculturally, but they have been the victims of white trade unionism.
Apartheid is, in fact, the product of white trade unionism with Afrikaner nationalism.
White trade unionists consistently sought and attained, the 'colour bar' which maintained
their privileged position - and wages - against black competition.‖ - Chris Tame, THE
FREE NATION,13.4.78.
APATHY: For the average Australian his epitaph will read: 'Here lies a man who was
so apathetic that he handed to his son a world less free than the one he inherited.' " - Viv
Forbes, in 77 talk: Mine your own business, p. 10.
APATHY: I am determined not to be conditioned to apathy." - Orien Johnson, THE
FREEMAN, 11/72.
APATHY: I am determined not to let apathy get the better of me. - J.Z., 14.6.73.
APATHY: I feel among humans almost always like Jesus of Nazareth did, when he called
his apostles and found them always asleep.‖ - Schopenhauer, according to A. Huebscher.
- Perhaps he needed less sleep than they did? - J.Z., 29.1.93. – After all, they did not have
a God as a father! – J.Z., 7.11.08.
APATHY: I find the apathy towards the nuclear threats and towards life extension
research options proof that people do not really love themselves and their lives and not
even those family members and lovers whom they pretend to love. It is not enough to
demonstrate one's love by e.g. providing meals, clothing, a roof and amusements.
Animals do as much or as little for their young. There are around 1 million unemployed
in Australia now - but I know not even of one who has shown any interest in its major
cause: monetary despotism and its major cure, monetary freedom. Further, businessmen
have gone bankrupt by the hundreds - without developing any interest in this cause and
cure. There are millions of grumbling tax victims for every one prepared to look at the
voluntary financing alternatives. The activists and innovators themselves have remained
apathetic towards the Ideas Archive approach and that of panarchism, to solve most of
their remaining problems. Libertarians and anarchists have remained so apathetic that
they rather do without most of their favourite kind of writings than produce and distribute
and read them on e.g., microfilm, floppy disks and CD-ROMs and keep them thus
permanently and cheaply in print upon demand. The problem remains: How can one get
the non-apathetic ones together, at least by their interests and addresses, to collaborate
with each other, in their special interest spheres, at least by mail? At present most feel so
isolated that this creates frustration, resignation, pessimism and apathy even among the
best of them. - Yet the technological and economic options for their fruitful collaboration
are now larger than ever before - and remain vastly under-utilised. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
APATHY: It is not just out of simply apathy or prejudice that most people rather amuse
themselves than deal rationally with e.g., war and peace questions. It may be, rather, that
they are rationally and practically aware how little they can or are presently allowed to do
about them. To patiently study to find out which kind of liberties they ought to go for and
what policies they ought to pursue, to finally get the freedom of action to decide upon
their own fate, their own survival, is not something that is taught to them by the
government mis-education system or by the government permitted mass media, either.
Even anarchists and libertarians have so far failed to fully and systematically study all
these approaches and steps towards liberty. So what can we expect of the man in the
street? So they react: Let's be merry today, for tomorrow we die. But show them a
practical way out of their difficulties, give them consumer sovereignty in all spheres and
we would better step out of the way, in some instances, in order not to be trampled by the
crowd, rushing for new bargains. - J.Z.,14.10.83, 29.1.93.
APATHY: Only a free market can overcome apathy sufficiently for progress to become
fast and certain. - J.Z., 6.11.78, 29.1.93.
APATHY: Surrounded by numerous inventions and conveniences of civilisation, all the
achievements of the past, eating or drinking them, wearing and using them, living in
them, reading, watching, listening to them, they go on saying: "Nothing can be done! So
why bother?" This is not the time of future shock but a time still shocked into apathy by
the continuance of atrocious, irrational, oppressive and self-defeating traditional beliefs,
institutions and methods. We have to achieve conditions where each can go ahead at the
own speed - or stagnate or even go backwards, at his own risk and expense. The creative
potential of most people is so far barely touched and only fractionally brought to
awareness. - J.Z., 25.6.89, 29.1.93.
APATHY: To counter apathy, hopelessness and resignation, one ought to utilise existing
resistance, revolution and defence movements in other countries, and inject a rational
programme ( if this is possible ) into the heads of those who are already putting their lives
at risk. Fully developed liberation programmes could make their victory much more
complete and certain - and then affect other still oppressed countries. All this could be
done without becoming an open and declared enemy of the own government. One would
not be restricted by self-satisfied consumerism at home. A U.S. friend wrote me recently
that there are now 70 hot spots in the world. In how many of them has a radical
libertarian liberation programme been introduced? Develop it and it will largely become
self-realising for some revolutionaries and insurrectionists and resistance fighters are
scholars, too and disappointed by most methods so far used. - J.Z., 28.11.82, 29.1.93.
APATHY: We have all of us sufficient fortitude to bear the misfortunes of others." -
Rochefoucauld. - Territorial taxes and laws force us to bear their stupidities and their
consequences, too. And these two are still such popular idols or objects of the sanctions
of their victims, that we are, mostly, apathetic towards them, too. But at least a few could
and should describe in an appealing way the exterritorial and voluntaristic alternatives to
these two evils and most others. And we would have usually the fortitude to engage and
suffer the consequences of our own favoured experiments - were we finally freed to
undertake them. With the scientific and experimental approach, in fields now pre-empted
by governments, we would tend to be spurned on by our failures as well as by our
successes, just like any technologist, inventor or scientist is. How much apathy would
remain if we could all freely practise all our individual rights and liberties? Or if there
were clear roadmaps towards all of them? - J.Z., 29.1.93.
APHTONIOS: I keep six honest serving men. They taught me all I know: Their names are
What & Why & When & How & Where & Who.‖ - Rudyard Kipling. - "I had six honest
serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were Where and What and When -
and Why and How and Who." - as quoted by Read, Who's Listening? p.150. - "Kipling
called them his 'six honest serving men': Who, What, Where, Why, How, and When." -
Henry M. Boettinger, Moving Mountains, p.78.
APHTONIOS: If that thou wilt speak aright, - Six things you must observe then: What
thou speakest, and of what wight, Where, to whom, why, and when." - Unknown,
Whatever Thou Say, Advise Thee Well, MS, Trinity College, Cambridge, c. 1530.
APHTONIOS: Possibly the oldest, simplest and most versatile ideas processing system in
existence, one whose simple rules are rarely completely obeyed, is that of Aphtonios, ca.
300 – 400 A.D., in the version of philosophy professor Darjes, Jena, 1744-1773. For the
realisation of any project at least the following points should be paid attention to: QUIS?
(who? wer?), QUID? (what? was? ), UBI? (where?, wo?), QUIBUS AUXILIIS? (by what
means? wodurch?), CUR? (why? warum?), QUOMODO? (how?,wie?), QUANDO?
(when? wann?). - This applies to revolutions and holiday trips, to commercial orders and
furniture removals. Darjes worked on a book by Aphtonios on rhetoric. This arrangement
is neither the best for all purposes, not is it to be considered complete. According to the
memoirs of Prof. Eberty, this scheme was still quite commonly used on German
universities in the first half of the 19th century. Ulrich von Beckerath, 1882-1969,
considered it to be a very valuable invention and suspected that it helped to achieve the
high quality of writings of the 19th century. But, like everything in the world, it would
still be capable of further improvements. Beckerath suggested, for instance, that the
"who?" question could be subdivided, for example, into: 1.) Who should or can realize
this project? 2.) Who is interested in its realisation a) as someone who would have an
advantage from it, b) as someone who has to expect a disadvantage from it? 3.) Who
would be under a legal or a moral obligation a) to actively promote the enterprise or
initiate it himself, b) to at least not hinder the enterprise, c) to make his position to it
known (how?), to express to others either his sympathies with it, or his antagonism, or his
neutrality? - Summary and translation of 3 notes by von Beckerath, between 1953 and
1958. He also drafted a paper on how to apply it e.g. to the problem of private stock
exchanges. I cannot lay my hands on it presently. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
APOLITICAL PARTY: A man who believes in the legalisation of marijuana and
prostitution has convened a political party in Adelaide to implement his ideas... Mr. Peter
Carey, 24, of Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills, formed the Apolitical Party last year..." -
A-POLITICAL: I'm someone who thinks praxeologically. And that makes me rather a-
political." - "What does that mean?" - "It means that I'm not inclined toward politics at
all." - Robert LeFevre, Lift Her Up, Tenderly, p.184.
APPEALS, PUBLIC: Public appeals can be non-violent and yet very powerful weapons
but have been rarely fully utilised as such. - J.Z., 27.1.82, 29.1.93. - WEAPONS, NON-
APPEALS: Appeal, in law, To put the dice into the box for another throw." - Ambrose
Bierce, 1842-1914.
APPEASEMENT: An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him
last." - Winston Churchill, after Munich 1938.
APPEASEMENT: Appeasers believe that if you keep throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger
will become a vegetarian." - Haywood Brown. - By all means, keep a few tigers and feed
them meat - but only behind bars, in Zoos. - J.Z., 9.6.92. - Instead, our "statesmen" pay
them honours and respect and give them presents and subsidies to make the continuance
of their tyrannically and absurd policies possible. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
APPEASEMENT: No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. There can be no
appeasement with ruthlessness. There can be no reasoning with an incendiary bomb." -
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat, Dec. 29, 1940. -. The Nazis rightly called the
majority of air raids, directed against civilian targets, terror-raids. In some cases, quite
intentionally, fire storms were caused, e.g. in Hamburg and Tokyo, by first dropping
explosives to provide more ready fuel and then incendiaries. Such storms have been
known to rip a baby out of the arms of a fleeing mother and throw it into the fire. They
also suffocated many within their reach, if they were not burned to death. Nuclear mass
murder devices have merely simplified, cheapened , enlarged them and sped them up. -
APPEASEMENT: Virtuous motives, trammelled by inertia and timidity, are no match for
armed and resolute wickedness. And sincere love of peace is no excuse for muddling
hundreds of millions of humble folk into total war." - Winston Churchill, in the 30'ties. -
However, he was one of the main culprits for turning WW II into a total war against the
German people rather than a liberation war for the German and other captive people and
against the common enemy, the Hitler regime and its followers only. - I was several times
subjected to air raids as a result and to hunger. - No bomb of the Allies was ever aimed at
or hurt Hitler. And no blockade measure did ever deprive him of any food. - Peace with
the German people and war with the Hitler regime only and the war could have been over
in weeks to months. - J.Z., 29.1.93. - Even for the presently planned war against Iraq,
rather than against its dictator, this lesson has not yet been learned. - During the French
Revolution it was spelled out by the slogan: "War to the palaces! Peace to the cottages!"
- J.Z., 26.9.02. - AIR RAIDS, & DESERTION.
APPEASEMENT: We never pay any-one Dane-geld, No matter how trifling the cost; for
the end of that game is oppression and shame." - Rudyard Kipling explaining why
appeasement never works.
APPEASEMENT: When did appeasement work? Who of the many tyrants who built on
force were defeated except by force? Napoleon, Hitler? And so on in history." - G. D.
Prosser, Letter, DAILY MAIL, Jan. 17, 1977. - There is a decisive difference between a
force directed against a Hitler, Napoleon, Stalin or Mao or xyz ONLY - and the
henchmen next to him - or indiscriminately against their subject victims, out of uniform
or even in uniform. - J.Z., 29.1.93.
APPEASEMENT: Whoever pays Dane-geld never gets rid of the Dane.‖ - Proverb. -
Whoever pays unemployed for being unemployed or poor people for being poor, will get
plenty or extra unemployed and poor people. Every subsidy increases what it subsidises. -
J.Z., 29.1.93.
APPEASEMENT: With the establishment of the P.J.T. (J.Z.: Prices Justification Tribunal)
the restriction was imposed of requiring maximum (minimum!? – J.Z. ) prices charged by
companies for goods and services to be subjected to Government sanction or otherwise.
The Tribunal had no power to enforce, only to impose a penalty for transgression.
Despite the Tribunal's lack of power and the doubtful legality of the penalty provision,
for the sake of appeasement, the edicts of the Tribunal have never been challenged by
industry. As with any policy of appeasement, it turns out to be a case of 'enjoy now, pay
later.'" - Jocelyn Maxwell, TANSTAAFL, 3/76.
APPLAUSE: If the government is to receive your approval, that must be freely offered.
And since the government cannot take it from you, you do not have to give it. - But the
government cannot stand without that approval. Though you are to be victimised by the
government, the men in government confidently expect you to applaud. But, you can stop
applauding. Applause cannot be compelled." - LEFEVRE'S JOURNAL, Fall 77. -
APPOINTED BUREAUCRACY: The introduction of 'appointed' bureaucracy must not
be tolerated. Only 'bodies' created by the people themselves should be recognized." -
Lenin, Vol. 14, part 1, p. 126. - Rather than "by the people": "by volunteers only and for
themselves." - J.Z., 30.1.93.
APPRECIATION: Easy come, easy go." - Proverb. – ―Hard to come by, bitter to lose." -
addition by LeFevre, Lift her up, Tenderly, II. - VALUE, SUBJECTIVE VALUE,
APPRENTICESHIPS: No fixed apprenticeship terms. No fixed wages for them. No fixed
hours for them. No fixed tech study times for them. No prescribed "free" tech attendance
time. Not even a prescription to pay them in Australian dollars. Examination option at
any time before competitive certification bodies. A credit union of apprentices and of
tradesmen to provide personal loans for them. - J.Z., 12/88.
APPRENTICESHIPS: The minimum wage makes it impossible for the U.S. to have a
good apprentice system. We will pay dearly for this one fine day when we wake up to the
fact that we have no young tool and die workers." - John Chamberlain, THE FREEMAN,
5/76, p.314.
APPROVAL: The Achilles heel of government is 'sanction of the victim'. The reason is
that sanction, by definition, cannot be forced. The government can compel you to submit
to its edicts. But it cannot TAKE your approval." - LEFEVRE'S JOURNAL, Fall 77. -
ARABS: Arabs are Jews and Jews are Arabs, biologically and ethnically derived from the
same nomadic tribes in the same area. Neither of their religions are moral and rational
enough, so far, to keep them at sufficient peace with all their neighbors. Christ was a Jew,
too and thus, biologically, also an Arab. He tried to improve upon the existing religions
but, obviously did not go far enough, in this, for some of his followers were even more
murderous than ancient Jews and Arabs were and some of the modern ones are. Neither
of the them taught and practised full religious tolerance right from the beginning and for
most of their history. Maybe full religious, political, social and economic tolerance may
have to be forced upon them. If that is consistently tried, not much force might actually
be necessary. For then they could still live as much apart from each other and
independent of each other as they want to be, not only in the sphere or religion but in all
other spheres. So far their holy books and their all too many contradictions and varied
interpretations have brought an enormous strife to the world and quite insufficiently
enlightened them, morally, socially, politically and economically. How could they come
and continue to believe that these writings were inspired by an omniscient, omnipotent
and loving father of all? Such a being, surely, could be a much more clear and convincing
writer and would have preserved all his dictations and would not have ordered the crimes
reported in their supposedly holy writings. They need new ―prophets‖ who clearly tell
them only genuine truths and do not care about their diverse rituals. – J.Z., 17.10.03,
ARBITRARINESS: ... All constitute arbitrary limitations on the ability of individuals to
enter into voluntary exchanges with one another. They simultaneously restrict freedom
and promote the waste of resources." - Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom,
ARBITRARINESS: At any moment the government, just by a stroke of the pen, can ruin
your business." - Bob Howard?, 1975? - GOVERNMENT & BUSINESS
ARBITRARINESS: This I wish. So I command. Instead of reason my will is to be
applied." – ―Sic volo, sic jubeo; sit pro ratione voluntas!" – „So will ich, so befehle ich,
statt des Grundes gelte der Wille.‖ - Frequently quoted by Kaiser Wilhelm II.
ARBITRARINESS: When people speak of liberty they mostly mean licence or
arbitrariness." - K. Peltzer, An den Rand geschrieben. - LICENCE
ARBITRATION PROCEDURES: Wooldridge adds the important point that, in addition
to the speed of arbitration procedures vis-a-vis the courts, the arbitrators can proceed as
experts in disregard of the official government law; in a profound sense, then, they serve
to create a voluntary body of private law. 'In other words,' states Wooldridge, 'the system
of extra-legal, voluntary courts has progressed hand in hand with a body of private law;
the rules of the state are circumvented by the same process that circumvents the forums
established for the settlement of disputes over those rules... In short, a private agreement
between two people, a bilateral "law", has supplanted the official law. The writ of the
sovereign has ceased to run, and for it is substituted a rule tacitly or explicitly agreed to
by the parties.' Woodridge concludes that "if an arbitrator can choose to ignore a penal
damage rule or the statute of limitations applicable to the claim before him ( and it is
generally conceded that the has that power ), arbitration can be viewed as a practically
revolutionary instrument for self-liberation from the law...' - It may be objected that
arbitration only works successfully because the courts enforce the award of the
arbitrator. Wooldridge points out, however, that arbitration was unenforceable in the
American courts before 1920, but this did not prevent voluntary arbitration from being
successful and expanding in the U.S. and in England. He points, furthermore, to the
successful operations of merchant courts since the Middle Ages, those courts which
successfully developed the entire body of the law merchant. None of those courts
possessed the power of enforcement. He might have added the private Courts of shippers
which developed the body of admiralty law in a similar way." – Murray N. Rothbard,
LIBERTARIAN FORUM, 1/75, on Wooldridge: Uncle Sam, the Monopoly Man.
ARBITRATION: ... arbitration has grown to proportions that make the courts a
secondary recourse in many areas and completely superfluous in others. The ancient fear
of the courts that arbitration would 'oust' them of their jurisdiction has been fulfilled with
a vengeance the common-law judges probably never anticipated. Insurance companies
adjust over 50,000 claims a year among themselves through arbitration, and the
American Arbitration Association (AAA), with headquarters in N.Y. and 25 regional
offices across the country, last year conducted over 25,000 arbitrations. Its 23,000
associates available to serve as arbitrators may outnumber the total number of judicial
personnel ... in the U.S. ... Add to (this? J.Z.) the unknown number of individuals who
arbitrate disputes within particular industries or in particular localities, without formal
AAA affiliation, and the quantitatively secondary role of official courts begins to be
apparent." – Murray N. Rothbard, THE LIBERTARIAN FORUM, 1/75.
ARBITRATION: According to a 1990 U.S. report, retired judges are deluged with
requests to decide in arbitration. At this time 45 -50% of the cases were settled by
arbitration. I asked my lawyer a few years ago, who is also extensively involved in
arbitration cases, how he would get the party to adopt his judgement. He said, it is in
writing, in sealed envelopes and the parties are given it only after they met before him
and have paid up for it. Then they are usually quite willing to accept it. - J.Z., 30.1.93.
ARBITRATION: Arbitration has replaced justice." - Mike Reynolds, 4.1.76. –
Governmental, monopolistic and compulsory arbitration! Voluntary arbitration
arrangements are quite another matter. - J.Z., 30.1.93. – COMPULSORY
ARBITRATION: Boycotts: "... the power of boycott and ostracism would influence those
who did not abide by arbitration services. Ireland, they point out, utilised a non-coercive
boycotting system for over 900 years to enforce the decisions of its courts." -
ARBITRATION: Even in the present statist era, the notorious inefficiency and coercive
and cumbersome procedures of the politically run government courts has led increasing
numbers of citizens to turn to voluntary and expert arbitration for a speedy and
harmonious settling of disputes." - Rothbard, THE LIBERTARIAN FORUM, 1/75. -
Alas, criminal law and its enforcement has been monopolised by the government. Here
we need the voluntaristic alternative of freely competing governments. - J.Z., 30.1.93. -
ARBITRATION: Every rational being not wanting to submit to the jurisdiction of the
courts of its State or exterritorial and autonomous community, has the right to agree with
others upon courts of arbitration to settle all their disputes." - Point 44 of the human
rights draft in PEACE PLANS 4 also in the collection of private human rights drafts in
PEACE PLANS 589/90. ( Now offered by me digitized, as a long email attachment, until
it appears online or on a disk. )
ARBITRATION: The American Arbitration Association was established in 1926 in New
York City to promote the settlement of disputes by voluntary methods. Working through
twenty-four regional centers, it provides a list of 50,000 qualified arbitrators, who often
serve without pay, from which the disputing parties make mutually acceptable choices.
The association constitutes a substantial growing alternative system of justice, handling
about 50,000 arbitration cases a year plus services in mediation, conciliation, election
and other methods of voluntary dispute settlement. The association is nonprofit, but
wholly self-supporting from the nominal fees for the services it provides.‖ - Richard
Cornuelle, Healing America, G.P. Putnam‘s Sons, New York, 1983, p. 170. - JUSTICE
ARBITRATION: The arbitrator has regard to equity and the judge to law." - Aristotle,
Rhetoric, Bk. 1, ch. 13, sec. 19.
ARBITRATION: The handclasp is mightier than the fist." - Motto of the American
Arbitration Association, quoted by Rothbard in REASON, 3/73.
ARBITRATION: We should all be more familiar with the increasing use of private
arbitration, even in our present society. The government courts have become so clogged,
inefficient, and wasteful that more and more parties of disputes are turning to private
arbitrators as a cheaper and far less time-consuming way of settling their disputes. In
recent years, private arbitration has become a growing and highly successful profession.
Being voluntary, furthermore, the rules of arbitration can be decided rapidly by the
parties themselves, without the need for a ponderous, complex legal framework
applicable to all citizens. Arbitration therefore permits judgments to be made by people
expert in the trade or occupation concerned. Currently, the American Arbitration
Association, whose motto is “The Handclasp is Mightier than the Fist”, has 25 regional
offices throughout the country, with 23,000 arbitrators. In 1969, the Association
conducted over 22,000 arbitrations. In addition, the insurance companies adjust over
50,000 claims a year through voluntary arbitration. There is also a growing and
successful use of private arbitrators in automobile accident claim cases.‖ - Murray N.
Rothbard, For a New Liberty, revised edition, p. 223, Collier Books, 1978, ISBN 0-02-
ARBITRATION: Wooldridge also points out that there are at present more professional
private arbitrators in the U.S. than federal judges." - Mike McMaster, OPTION, 6/78. –
ARCHIMEDEAN LEVERAGE: Give me a lever long enough, and a fulcrum strong
enough, and single-handed I can move the world." - Archimedes of Syracuse, Pappus
Alexander Collection, VIII, 10; Pliny, Historia Naturalis, VII, 37. - Sometimes quoted:
"Give me where to stand and I will move the world", or: "Give me a base and I will move
ARCHISTS: The Anarchist consistently opposes all compulsion, and rule is but
compulsion: and this phantom Anarchist, that vexes the souls of illogical Archists, is
supposed to be an individual ever desiring to exercise his rule on others by forcible
endeavour. The oft-recurring periods in human history, when opposing bands of Archists
contended bitterly for the establishment of the locale of Archy, are with delightful
impudence, called periods of Anarchy and confusion, as if the words were identical,
instead of being diametrically opposed." - J. Donovan, in Bob James, Australian
Anarchism, p.19. - ANARCHY, INTERREGNUM
ARCHISTS: When it is settled which part or class shall rule, it is then said that Anarchy
is at an end and rule established - rule meaning in each case, that for the present one
band of confederated Archist villains has given the other its quietus, and force and
injustice shall reign, till the never-dying love of liberty in the human breast shall re-
assert itself, and attempt to teach its tyrants another lesson. Then again, Anarchy is
supposed once more to prevail. The real fact in all this is, that neither party has correctly
conceived the fundamental principles of natural justice, yet have resolved, if any ruling is
to be done, they, and not others, shall do it. They have loved liberty, it is true - but for
themselves only. The scientific Anarchist of this century, essays to give Liberty to all, and
as a necessary consequence, to abolish rule." - J. Donovan, in Bob James, Australian
Anarchism, p.19.
ARCHY: ... make no concessions to 'archy'..." - Walter Grinder on Rothbard's "For a
New Liberty".
ARCHY: Down with Archy.‖ – SIL Button No 440 offered in LIBERTAS REVIEW,
ARCHY: Murray Rothbard ... proving ... that there is no phase of community or human
action where government or archy is necessary, or where competing free market services
can not function better." - WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 73, criticising this
ARGUMENT: … those who do not accept the FORCE OF ARGUMENT have often to
give in to the ARGUMENT OF FORCE.‖ – Wachira Nzina and Chris Mburu in THE
ARGUMENTS: Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often
convincing.‖ - Oscar Wilde - JOKES
ARGUMENTS: Those who contradict and argue should consider that not every
expression is fully understood by everybody.‖ - Goethe, ―Sprueche in Prosa‖, J.Z. tr. of:
―Diejenigen, welche widersprechen und straiten, sollten mitunter bedenken, dass nicht
jede Sprache Jedem vertaendlich sei.‖ - CONTRADICTIONS, OPPOSITION,
ARGUMENTS: With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but
to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost." -
William Lloyd Garrison. - REASONING, PLEADING & TYRANNY
ARISTOCRACY: I would rather make my name than inherit it." - W. M. Thackeray,
ARISTOCRACY: The coats-of-arms of our day are to be found on billboards and in the
ads of popular magazines ... Industrial Trademarks." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p 95.
ARISTOCRACY: There is a natural aristocracy among men; it is composed of virtues
and talents." - Thomas Jefferson.
ARISTOCRACY: We will replace the aristocracy of money by the aristocracy of pull!" -
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.382. - Naturally, mentioned only as one of the horrors she
ARMAMENT: And yet arms have become counterproductive. They have become a major
drain on economic performance and economic development - a major cause of Russia's
economic crisis, of America's falling behind economically, and of the failure of
development, especially in Latin America.‖ - Peter F. Drucker, The New Realities, 1989,
ARMAMENTS: For armament purposes buy Soviet weapons - but only from their
escaped conscripts and paying these refugees and deserters. - J.Z. 12.3.85. -
ARMAMENTS: Governments are too irrational and violent, coercively organized and
financed, in practice, and also too irresponsible and too much concerned with their own
power only, to be permitted to be militarily organized and armed or to hire professional
armed forces for their purposes, or to command any militia forces. - J.Z. 15.9.87. –
ARMAMENTS: It is not armaments that cause war, but war that causes armaments." -
Salvador de Madariago, Morning Without Noon. - WEAPONS, WAR, PEACE,
ARMAMENTS: When people are willing to spend large amounts in order to kill or be
killed, then it is no surprise when some people make great profits from this kind of
stupidity. - J.Z., 25.3.84. - How many people would spend on government armament
under voluntary taxation? - J.Z., 30.1.93. – PROFIT, VOLUNTARY TAXATION,
ARMIES: ... the coordination of an army ( which Shaw, I think, described as 1,000 men
making the same mistake at the same time ). - Dr. H. G. Pearce, Seven Lectures on
Economics, p.20.
ARMIES: Armies should be strictly voluntary..." - "Volunteer armies are the best
armies." - Ayn Rand, PLAYBOY interview. - That qualification is necessary but by far
not enough. See under Militia. - J.Z., 30.1.93.
ARMIES: Governments need armies to protect them against their enslaved and
oppressed subjects." - Lyof N. Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You, 1893. -
Suppressed people need their OWN armies and those of allies in other countries, but not
their "own" government's national defence forces - unless they can win them over. - J.Z.,
ARMIES: It is characteristic of the military mind that non-human factors are held
essential while the human being, his desires and thoughts - in short the psychological
factors - are considered unimportant and secondary." - Albert Einstein, Out of my Later
Life. - - Thus a true humanist can defeat a militarist by mobilising the military slaves of
the militarist against him. - J.Z., 30.7.85. - DEFENCE, DESERTION, WAR AIMS,
ARMIES: Join the army, meet interesting people, and kill them." – Graffiti, seen in
Bowral, N.S.W., 1961. – Also in: Graffiti Lives OK by Nigel Rees, Unwin Paperbacks,
London, 1979.
ARMIES: The Army works. It works with an awful inefficiency, but it works. Because it
utilises only the animal capacities of its participants, an extraordinary support apparatus
is necessary to compensate for the assumed absence of human qualities. There are
between (J.Z.: ca.?) five or six staff bureaucrats to care for, feed, direct and discipline
each soldier in the field. Moving an Army around the world is like moving a huge
menagerie of helpless, dangerous animals." – Richard C. Cornuelle, Demanaging
America. - If my memory serves me right, the Nazi air force had about 20 support
personnel for each fighter pilot, the U.S. air force ca. 120. After W.W. II, the supporters
per pilot were fast approaching 200. In the meantime, the percentage of civilians rather
than soldiers, which they kill, has gone up, & up, to quite atrocious percentages!. - J.Z.,
30.1.93. - Another "achievement" of the professionals! They can't even get their targets
properly identified! And when they leave the "identification" of "the enemy" to
politicians and journalists, then they arrive mostly at the misjudgements involved in
collective responsibility notions. - J.Z., 26.9.02.
ARMIES: The Greeks by their laws, and the Romans by the spirit of their people, took
care to put into the hands of their rulers no such engine of oppression as a standing
army. Their system was to make every man a soldier, and oblige him to repair to the
standard of his country whenever that was reared. This made them invincible; and the
same remedy will make us so." - Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Thomas Cooper, 1814. -
Still a far cry from a self-mobilising and autonomous militia of volunteers, sworn and
organized and trained to defend nothing but individual rights. - J.Z., 30.1.93. -
ARMS INDUSTRY: ... the world-wide weapons industry accounts for more than $ 500
billion in sales and more than fifty million jobs." - Samuel Pisar, Of Blood and Hope,
ARMS INDUSTRY: … the Michigan Public Research Group has conducted a study that
uncovered a startling revelation. Namely, it was found that each $ 1 billion spent on the
military resulted in the loss of 10,000 jobs in the private sectors." - THE MATCH,
July/Aug. 75. (1 job = $ 100,000, in this estimate.) FOR FULL EMPLOYMENT?
ARMS INDUSTRY: We fought a war to stop wars, then sold enough ammunition to start
a dozen wars." - Will Rogers.
ARMS INDUSTRY: We need some arms traders who would deliver arms into the hands
of the anti-communist people in China and in Russia. - J.Z., 1966. - Payment may be a
problem. - J.Z., 76. - In return for shares in the public assets of the Soviets & Red
Chinese gangsters, now mismanaged by them! - J.Z., 30.7.78.
ARMS INDUSTRY: What may be good for the arms industry and its profits leads to
corresponding stagnation and even destruction of other businesses. - J.Z., 4.5.92, 30.1.93.
ARMS RACE: 1.5 billion dollars spent each day on the arms race.‖ - Radio talk,
ARMS RACE: An armament race cannot bring peace, freedom or security." - Society of
Friends, Declaration, World Conference, Oxford, England, 1952.
ARMS RACE: End the arms race, not the human race." - Slogan of nuclear war
protestors, TIME, 5 May 82.
ARMS RACE: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending
the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.‖ - Dwight
D. Eisenhower. - DEFENCE
ARMS RACE: Most people rather believe in the non-existing future of the arms race than
in the future of the human race. - J.Z., 30.1.79.
ARMS RACE: Of ca. 1650 arms races since Christ, all but ca. 1635 ended in war. - Note
by Oscar Lehmann-Ruessbuilt, from my flawed memory. - J.Z. - Somewhere in early
PEACE PLANS, none properly indexed yet, are the correct figures. But the magnitude &
proportion are about right. - J.Z.
ARMS RACE: One can imagine what would happen if all leading military powers were
to supplement their arms races by a human reproduction race, under the slogan 'cannon-
fodder army!' - Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals, p.17. - Re-translated from the
German version. - Aren't X subsidies involved already for the maintenance and education
of children? - J.Z., 21.7.86. - "Why did you bring up your son, mother? For the trenches!
For the trenches!" - Kurt Tucholsky, in one of his anti-war poems.
ARMS RACE: The increase of armaments that is intended in each nation to produce
consciousness of strength, and a sense of security, does not produce these effects. On the
contrary, it produces a consciousness of the strength of other nations and a sense of fear.
Fear begets suspicion and distrust and evil imaginings of all sorts... - The enormous
growth of armaments in Europe, the sense of insecurity and fear caused by them - it was
these that made World War I inevitable." - Sir Edward Grey, 1st Viscount of Allodon,
"25 Years." - And many other aspects of territorial warfare States. - J.Z., 1.2.93.)
ARMS RACE: The majority-seeking process within a nation creates the same
dichotomies that an arms race creates between nations. Once we start the process, it
seems impossible to let go. Our actions in seeking a larger bloc encourage our opponents
to do the same. This is competition aimed at amassing power; the very antithesis of a free
ARMS RACE: The moral is obvious; it is that great armaments lead inevitably to war." -
Sir Edward Grey, 1st Viscount of Fallodon; "Twenty-Five Years".
ARMS RACE: The statistical probability that arms races lead to war is 82%." - Ekkehart
Krippendorff, Staat und Krieg, Vorbemerkung, S. 9.
ARMS RACE: The two superpowers are led by intelligent and responsible men (J.Z.:
???), yet they sometimes appear like small boys standing in a pool of gasoline - each
trying to acquire more matches than the other, when a single one is more than sufficient."
- Arthur C. Clarke, editorial ANALOG, 7/83 p.164. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
ARMS RACES: It is a great illusion to assume that an arms race can end otherwise as
than in war.‖ - – Hans Habe, Leben fuer den Journalismus, Band 1, Reportagen und
Gespraeche, Knaur, 1976, S.31, quoting Sir Normal Angell. – If I remember correctly
some figures compiled by Otto Lehmann-Russbuelt, that I quoted somewhere in PEACE
PLANS, of 1656 arms races all but 16 ended in wars. – J.Z., 15.9.07. - WARS
ARMS TRADE: While private gun runners continue to thrive, the world‟s biggest arms
suppliers are the U.S., U.K., Russia, France and China. They are also the five permanent
members of the UN Security Council.‖ – From film: ―Lord of War‖, with Nicolas Cage. –
And these are also States with anti-gun laws for most of their subjects, although most of
their subjects are much ore peaceful than are those, to whom these governments supply
arms. – J.Z., 18.9.08. - ARMS INDUSTRY, WEAPONS TRADE
ARMS: … Sam Colt, whose repeating sidearm allowed individuals, rather than mobs, to
make a place for themselves.‖ - L. Neil Smith, The Probability Broach, 80. - WEAPONS,
ARMS: A government does no more like its victims to be armed than a highway robber
does. - J.Z., 29.10.79.
ARMS: Always make sure you have the army with you.‖ - Frank Herbert, God Emperor
ARMS: If the police are armed, the people must be also." - Graffiti, Sydney, 8/77. -
ARMS: The armed forces on one's own nation exist - so each nation asserts - to prevent
aggression by other nations. But the armed forces of other nations exist - so many people
believe - to promote aggression." - Bertrand Russell.
ARMS: The framers gave us the Second Amendment not so we could go deer or duck
hunting but to give us a modicum of protection against congressional tyranny.‖ - Walter
ARRANGEMENTS, FRIENDLY: You see, you have many possibilities of gain if you
come to a friendly arrangement, but none at all if you insist on your legal rights." - Isaac
Asimov, Foundation & Earth, p.82. - CONTRACTS, LEGAL CLAIMS
ARRESTS: Nobody may be arbitrarily accused or arrested. An arrest is only permissible
upon a warrant signed by a magistrate. The warrant has to be presented before the arrest.
Otherwise, arrests are only permitted when somebody is caught in the act of committing a
crime." - From the human rights draft in PP 4, point 45. - After decades of false and
arbitrary or flawed arrests, and endless civil rights disputes, I am sure that somewhere
there exists a more just and practicable formula. - J.Z., 30.93.
ARROGANCE: Arrogance in persons of merit affronts us more than arrogance in those
without merit: merit itself is an affront.‖ - Friedrich Nietzsche – All those, for whom real
merit is not an affront, have still not yet sufficiently combined and marketed and utilized
their kinds of forces, insights, ideas and institutions. – J.Z., 23.1.08. - MERIT &
ARROGANCE: It has an enormous appeal and can be avoided only by those who are
aware that no person has more than an infinitesimal bit of wisdom or know-how." - L .E.
Read, The Love of Liberty, p.62.
ARROGANCE: It is arrogance to suppose that one man or one woman or one group of
man and women can know what is good for another or for a collection of others, and it is
a high crime against humanity to act upon such an assumption.‖ - H. S. Ferns, The
Disease of Government, p.58. - Every territorial party, politician and bureaucrat commits
that kind of crime daily. - J.Z., 30.1.93. - KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE,
ARSON AGAINST SCHOOLS: If we force school-age kids to attend schools, some of
them will burn schools down. If we force some dissidents to remain subjects of the
present States, some of them will turn into terrorists. Remove the initial coercion - the
compulsory membership in schools and States. Then both, arson and terrorism would be
greatly reduced. - J.Z., 23.6.79.
ARSON is not a rightful revolutionary act - except in the very few instances of very
discriminating destructive revolutionary warfare. - J.Z., 13.6.74. - The burning of draft
board records comes to mind. - J.Z., 30.1.93.
ART: ... art that does not argue nor demonstrate nor discover" is mere "craftsman's
impudence." - H. G. Wells.
ART: Abstract art is a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly
bewildered." - Al Capp, 29.6.63.
ART: Artists, as a rule, have nothing really worthwhile to say. They appeal only to the
emotions. It is the rare exception when they have a really worthwhile message to
communicate. – Alas, that applies also to most poets and song-writers, even to most
people who mainly practise writing as an art-form rather than merely as a medium to
communicate valuable observations, ideas and opinions. – Brilliantly expressed errors,
prejudices and absurdities are still errors, prejudices and absurdities. - J.Z., 2.3.04,
19.10.07. - ARTISTS & WRITERS
ART: Artists, as a rule, having nothing really worthwhile to say. They appeal only to the
emotions. It is the rare exception when they have a really worthwhile message to
communicate. – Alas, that applies also to most poets and song-writers, even to most
people who mainly practise writing as an art-form rather than merely as a medium to
communicate valuable observations, ideas and opinions. – Brilliantly expressed errors,
prejudices and absurdities are still errors, prejudices and absurdities. - J.Z., 2.3.04,
19.10.07. - ARTISTS & WRITERS
ART: Does art prolong and liberate life? Does it sufficiently enrich life? Or do its
glimpses of life tend to blind us, just like daily chores do, to the potential for life-
extension, freedom and genuine enlightenment? – Think of the arts and crafts practised
even by barbarians. How much did they help them to develop and advance? – Art just for
the sake of art does not make any sense to me. – At most it enables some artists to make a
living at the expense of those, who like arts. – In Archenholtz‘s book about his travels in
Italy, in the 18th century, I found the observation that at least for a while, in Venice, there
was no freedom of expression for the usually voluble Italian inhabitants – except on the
topic of the arts. So during that period, in their coffee shops and wine houses, they talked
almost endlessly about nothing but the arts – until they finally got bored and sick of this
topic and kept silent! – Apparently, at his time, sports was not yet a common alternative
topic. And one can talk only so much about the weather. - J.Z., 19.9.94, 21.9.08.
ARTS SUBSIDIES: A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!" – Robert
Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, p.249.
ARTS SUBSIDIES: According to Hospers, on the matter of state subsidy to the arts there
is little to say other than 'there should be none.' - In a short paper written for the LP, titled
"Arts and the State", he said, "Certainly, the arts deserve our support - our voluntary
support, not coerced support. But not one penny should be taken by force or threat of
force from the pocketbook of a person who didn't care to support them voluntarily, to
force him to support them whether he wanted to or not." - John Hospers, 1977.
ARTS SUBSIDIES: It is doubtful that Mozart or Mahler or Gauguin or Cezanne or
Shelley or Keats would have won any government awards. On the contrary, incompetents
with political pull would have received the subsidies, and the real artists would have to
pay more taxes to support these incompetents. That's how government always operates."
- John Hospers, 1977. Commenting on the results of government support of the arts.
ARTS SUBSIDIES: Subsidized arts are no arts. - J.Z., 31.3.76.
ARTS: Artists want their hobby subsidized by tax slaves, dominated by politicians and
bureaucrats. Other hobbyists – and who isn‘t one – could raise the same absurd claims,
realizing the general plunder-bund in this sphere as well. - Artistic activities are just one
kind of hobby, profession or vocation activity. Why should they and not all others as well
be subsidized out of taxes? Why should anything be subsidized in this way? – J.Z.,
24.11.96, 21.9.08. - ARTISTS, SUBSIDIES
ASSEMBLIES: Every rational being has the right to assemble with others, even armed
and in the open air. - From human rights draft in PEACE PLANS No. 4. - But not on
private property without the agreement of or contract with the owner. - J.Z., 31.1.93.
ASSEMBLIES: Freedom of assembly is meaningless if government controls the assembly
hall." - John A. Davenport, THE INTERCOLLEGIATE REVIEW, Spring 73, p. 169. -
He might have added: And the streets and the parks and all other public places. - J.Z.,
ASSERTIVENESS & KINDNESS: "Assert your freedom without imposing it on other
people, and be kind to them." - Ron Kimberling, in THE INDIVIDUALIST, 6/72, on Carl
ASSERTIVENESS: Indeed, everybody should be assertative – but only in that which he
fully understands!” – Goethe, West-oestlicher Divan. – J.Z. tr. of: ―Jeder sollte freilich
grob sein // Aber nur in dem, was er versteht!‖ - RED.
ASSET CURRENCIES: With an asset currency, if it has actually been issued and found
some voluntary acceptors, the holders of such notes do not, as a rule, want to buy any of
the assets upon which such notes have been issued. What they do want to be able to buy
with it, as long as they do, quite wrongly, consider it to be sound money or currency, is
the usual assortment of diverse consumer goods and services that individuals want for
themselves. But with these wishes and ―means of payment‖, they will very soon
encounter the resistance of the shop keepers. These, too, do, as a rule, not want to buy or
trade for any private shares, bonds, mortgages or government securities with them. Thus
they will simply refuse to accept them as means of payment. Some unfriendly words
might be exchanged in the process and that might be the only exchange that will occur,
unless it comes to the exchange of blows. The shop owners will insist on being paid
either in their own IOU‘s, the shop currency they issued alone or jointly with other
retailers or in any readily marketed other currency that they find acceptable enough. And
that is their right and as it should be. Financial certificates, even in small denominations,
are not suitable as general means of exchange. Moreover, their market value can fluctuate
greatly and frequently. As scrip, on the stock exchanges, they may have some purchasing
power – but only there. Or in take-over bids for enterprises. They could also be used as
gift certificates. But hardly as a ―current‖ currency. – J.Z., 25.12.97, 29.9.08.
ASSET CURRENCIES? Asset currencies : Monetization of suitable and real assets ready
for sale: Not everything can be or should be monetized but most of what could be hasn't
been and much of what shouldn't be has been. J.Z. 25.12.92. - Since most consumers,
most of the time and with most of their money just want to buy ready for sale consumer
goods and services, most of the money the use should be based precisely upon these and
not upon medium or long term capital goods which these consumers do not want now and
to the same extent. Other issues than currency issues, like shares, bonds and mortgage
letters, are more suitable to facilitate the distribution and transfer of capital goods.
Currencies are only suitable for purchasing capital certificates, too, if and whenever and
wherever they are wanted by someone. Even now many to most capital certificates are
bought or traded with other old or new capital certificates. Transforming all medium and
long term capital assets into ready cash in the consumer market for ready for sales
consumer goods and service market would flood this market with exchange media and
would depreciate them. In any fully free and fully informed because fully publicized
market for exchange media and value standards all such issue attempts would rapidly
lead to discounts and refusals and would rebound upon the issuers and work to their
disadvantage, now and in the future. Good and better issues, soundly based, would drive
out such ill conceived and constructed asset currency issues. J.Z. 25.12.92, 31.12.92.
ASSISTANCE, MUTUAL: ... in ―Science and the Modern World‖, Alfred North
Whitehead had suggested that any being which by its influences deteriorates its
environment commits suicide. And that those organisms are successful which modify their
environment so as to assist each other." - Alexei & Cory Panshin, The N.Y. REVIEW Of
SF, No. 16, Dec. 89.
ASSISTANCE: ... could not be expected to assist all the lame ducks..." - Henry Meulen,
ASSISTANCE: The assistance given to any industry or group in the community is never
free, someone must pay for it in the end." - Alf Rattigan. - SUBSIDIES
ASSOCIATIONAL ANARCHISM: Proposed by an individualist anarchist, Lev Chernyi
( P. D. Turchaninov ), according to Paul Avrich, The Russian Anarchists, p.180. -
ASSOCIATIONS: "... the original BLACK DWARF which could say of the various
societies, unions and political clubs: 'Those who condemn clubs either do not understand
what they can accomplish, or they wish nothing to be done... Let us look at and emulate
the patient resolution of the Quakers. They have conquered without arms - without
violence - without threats. They conquered by union." - From a comment by Dennis
Gould to P. B. Shelley's The Mask of Anarchy, which was reprinted in BLACK DWARF.
– Unions conquered, all too much, but not by non-violence but rather by violence or by
legalized monopolies. To compare them with Quakers is ridiculous. – Where and what
have Quakers conquered? - J.Z., 7.11.08. – UNIONS, PARTIES, MONOPOLIES,
ASSOCIATIONS: ... exercise individual liberty and practice voluntary association." -
Edmund A. Opitz, Thinking About Economics, THE FREEMAN, 5/79, p. 289. -
ASSOCIATIONS: ... free and spontaneous organization from below upward, by means
of free associations..." - Michael Bakunin, Statism and Anarchy, 1873.
ASSOCIATIONS: … "in the teeth of hard glad weather, - In the blown wet face of the
sea: - While three men hold together, - The kingdoms are less by three." - A. C.
Swinburne, Poems and Ballads: A Son in Time of Order, 1852.
ASSOCIATIONS: A long association - prolonged human contact, when a man and
woman live together - this ends up producing a sort of rot, a poison.‖ - Ugo Betti, The
Inquiry, 1944-45, 1.10, ed. Gino Rizzo. - Divorce and individual secessionism can stop
this rot and must be free. No association should last beyond its mutual usefulness to the
ASSOCIATIONS: Almost all people seem to somewhat grate upon each other after a
while. - J.Z., 11.11.85. Some old proverb says something like: Even the best of friends
should live together only if divided by a big wall." Another says: Visitors, like fish, stink
after a few days. - Man is at the same time a social and an anti-social animal, he likes his
privacy, not always but frequently or sometimes. - J.Z., 26.9.02.
ASSOCIATIONS: An association is really rather like a comet - a large tail of docile
followers dragged along by a small dynamic head." - Jouvenal, The Pure Theory of
Politics, Cambridge, 1963, p. 30. - This applies more to the coercively and hierarchically
organized groups than to others. - J.Z., 28.1.87, 31.1.93. We have still numerous private
associations from which members can freely secede or drop out and frequently do. Only
those which claim a territorial monopoly do not permit this freedom to their involuntary
members or subjects. – J.Z., 6.11.08.
ASSOCIATIONS: Associations are true. The State and Society are a lie." - Mackay,
Stirner, The Ego and His Own, p.147. ( „Wahr ist der Verein, unwahr der Staat und die
ASSOCIATIONS: At any given moment of history it is the function of associations of
devoted individuals to undertake tasks which clear-sighted people perceive to be
necessary, but which nobody else is willing to perform." - Aldous Huxley, The Doors of
ASSOCIATIONS: Figgis even more perhaps than his masters saw the liberty of groups
as the essential element in a free society. 'The battle of freedom in this century', he
declared from the pulpit, 'is the battle of small societies to maintain their inherent life as
against the all-devouring Leviathan of the whole.' Small groups in particular must be
allowed to take their place alongside the larger associations if freedom is to be a positive
thing." - David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p. 31. - And they ought to have the choice to
become exterritorially partly or completely autonomous. If they were free to associate
across present borders, many of them would become more than local minorities or local
suppressed majorities ( by majorities predominating in other areas of a territory). They
might then become as large as small to large nation State are today. - J.Z., 31.1.93. –
ASSOCIATIONS: Forced association, even with someone innocuous, is bound to
provoke resentment." - Digogenes of Panarchy, THE CONNECTION 135, p.18. - In the
case of territorial States it even provokes terrorism, national and civil wars and
revolutions and many attempts at genocide or "ethnic cleansing", as the latest mass
murder phrase runs. - J.Z., 31.1.93.
ASSOCIATIONS: Full freedom of association does not yet exist because it would also
mean freedom to disassociate oneself from all present States, completely or partly and to
organise e.g.: 1. new voluntaristic States or competing societies, exterritorial ones, 2.
volunteer militias for the protection of individual rights, 3. alternative unions, e.g. of
young or coloured people or women, if the existing unions infringe their rights, 4.
payment associations using other than the official dollar as private means of exchange
and standards of value, to avoid unemployment and inflation among themselves, 5. free
trade associations, world-wide, running production and distribution without custom
duties and other protectionist interventions among themselves, 6. world federations of
any kind, autonomous and exterritorial ones, 7. associations of experimenters which
exempted themselves from the supposed benefits of certain laws, for all their internal
activities, because they consider these interventions to be rather harmful or wrong, 8.
autonomous associations of drug addicts, who opted out of our moralistic and health
restrictions, and even 9., associations of mass murderers, like the abortionists, who kill
now about 40 to 100 million of their own unborn children every year. - I for one don't
want to have to live in forced association with such people, nor do I want to engage in a
civil war against them. 10. Freedom to organise or participate in open air meetings, in all
public places and in private ones with the owner's permission, without asking for prior
police permits, wherever and whenever one does not block or severely obstructs traffic. -
J.Z., n.d. & 31.1.93. You name you own examples for voluntary associationism – among
possibly tenthousands. – J.Z., 7.11.08.
ASSOCIATIONS: Herder explains that the forced organisation which constitutes the
state maintains itself primarily by continually creating external interests which run
contrary to the interests of other states; and for this reason it is ill-suited to function as a
mediator and adjuster. Therefore, he substituted for the idea of the international league
of states, advocated by Kant, his 'association of all thinking men in all continents' (*),
proceeding from the correct view that mutual agreement between the human groups of
the different countries is not achievable by dictation from above, but only from below
upwards, by the will of the people themselves. By this 'all the prejudices of state interests,
of native religion, and most foolish prejudice of all, of rank and class, are mitigated,
confined, and made harmless.' But, 'such victories over prejudice are' - Herder maintains
- 'achieved from within outward, not from without inward." - Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism
and Culture, p.187. - From individual secessionism to voluntary associationism. From
territorial sovereignty to individual sovereignty, from compulsory to voluntary
associationism, from territorial law to personal law, from territorialism to
exterritorialism, from archies to panarchies. - - (*) Since most thinking men think
differently on most subjects, many such associations would be required - as many as are
wanted by volunteers. - J.Z., 31.1.93.
ASSOCIATIONS: I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself." -
Charles Lamb, Letter to S.T. Coleridge, Jan. 10,1797.
ASSOCIATIONS: I am here because you see in me the promise, the promise that we
made 200 years ago in this city - the promise kept. We have kept it, on Anarres. We have
nothing but our freedom. We have nothing to give you but your own freedom. We have no
law but the single principle of mutual aid between individuals. WE HAVE NO
states, no nations, no presidents, no premiers, no chiefs, no generals, no bosses, no
bankers, no landlords, no wages, no charity, no police, no soldiers, no wars. Nor do we
have much else. We are sharers, not owners. We are not prosperous. None of us is rich.
None of us is powerful..." – Le Guin, The Dispossessed, 249. - Full freedom would have
given them much, by making them very productive. Alas, too many anarchists do not
extend associationism and its freedoms and opportunities into economics. - Obviously,
they dispossessed and impoverished themselves by their anti-property policy of sharing.
Man can do that successfully only in very close family and friendship circles. It cannot
replace nation- and world-wide market cooperation and competition. When some sense is
mixed with much nonsense the result can never be great and often it is disastrous. - J.Z.,
ASSOCIATIONS: I prefer association to gregariousness ... it is a community of purpose
that constitutes society." - Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil. - SOCIETY, VOLUNTARISM,
ASSOCIATIONS: In early societies a man's position is determined by his place in the
complex of traditional groups into which he has been born, and history shows men
gradually emancipating themselves from this closed society, and placing themselves in
associations and in relationships of their own choice. Maine regarded groups as of
primary importance, being the cells out of which the body politic is formed." - David
Nicholls, The Pluralist State, 1975, pp 54/55, on Sir Henry Maine, Lectures on the early
history of institutions, p. 396 – Personal law associations can be exterritorially quite
autonomous and do not necessarily or freely form territorial political institutions. Most
such conversions are the results of conquests or usurpations. – J.Z., 7.11.08.
ASSOCIATIONS: Marx stated in the Communist Manifesto: 'a free association of people
in which the free development of the individual is the condition of the free development of
all', where organisation exists to administer things rather than people." - David De Leon,
For Democracy Where We Work, in: Reinventing Anarchy, 320. - Whoever administers
the things of people does administer the people, too. But some take a while to learn that
lesson. – Mentioning the term ―free‖ three times in this single sentence, twice the word
―development‖ and once ―association‖ does not make up for the coercive expropriation of
the property of people that is involved. He even claims this to be individualistic! –
Elsewhere he and Engels attacked voluntary communist experiments as utopian and
―unscientific‖. They never favoured genuine cooperative production and self-
management or autonomous work groups or purchase rather than conquests or occupation
of enterprises. They imagined themselves as becoming in charge of all the property of all
the people, naturally always ―in the best interests of all the people‖, just like all too many
politicians of today, in the ―Welfare State‖, but even more comprehensively. - J.Z.,
ASSOCIATIONS: One day Saint-Simon declared, "I cannot imagine association without
government by someone." - Thierry answered: "And I cannot imagine association without
liberty." - reported in Elie Halevy, The Era of Tyrannies. – GOVERNMENT, LIBERTY
ASSOCIATIONS: Philosopher Lancelot Law Whyte stressed the urgency of a network:
'We who already share intimations of this emergent attitude must become aware of one
another... COLLECT ALLIES BY TIMELY SIGNALS. (J.Z.: Capitalized by me.) - The
only possibility for our time, said Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, in 1968, is 'the free
association of men and women of like spirit... not a handful but a thousand heroes, ten
thousand heroes, who will create a future image of what humankind can be.'" - Marilyn
Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, p.60. - All kinds of pioneers, experimenters and
innovators must be free - not subject to bureaucrats, politicians and majority votes of
outsiders, as long as their activities are undertaken at their own risk and expense. To
decide whether it does, might in some instances require some arbitration. It should not
require an almost suicidal kind of heroism to start something new. - J.Z., 6.4.89, 31.1.93.
ASSOCIATIONS: Recent theories of social and cultural pluralism must clearly be
distinguished from the political pluralism with which this monograph is concerned. J. S.
Furnivall employed the term 'plural society' to describe a type of society which resulted
from the European colonisation of tropical lands. A plural society, according to
Furnivall, exists when there are a number of distinct groups living side by side, but
separately; they meet only in the market-place. Religious, cultural, racial and linguistic
divisions re-enforce one another so that the groups form quite distinct blocks. The
political entity is held together, not by shared values or by common institutions, but by
force, which is exercised by an elite of colonial administrators and their local
collaborators, who form a small but coherent minority in the society. Furnivall also
claimed that these groups into which plural societies are divided, are not natural,
organic associations, but are aggregates of individuals - they are crowds, not
communities. The capitalist economic system, which has been the invariable companion
of imperial expansion, led to the break-up of village life and traditional ties...." - David
Nicholls, The Pluralist State, 1975, p. 119. - That under territorial State pressures and
privileges many associations are not natural and free growths and that natural societies
are even destroyed under these conditions, is conceded by me. But that genuinely free
and capitalistic developments would merely tend to dissolve old associations is denied by
me. It merely allows their individual members to leave them - and gives them,
individually, the choice to establish new affiliations, which they do like more. Legally
sanctioned and customary or traditional associations should not be the only options for
anyone. - J.Z., 31.1.93. - The more freedom, the more different voluntary associations
there will be. - J.Z., 26.9.02. – Also: the more they will become exterritorially
autonomous – if that is their desire. – J.Z., 7.11.08. – PLURALISM, PANARCHISM,
ASSOCIATIONS: There are many objects of great value to man which cannot be
attained by unconnected individuals, but must be attained, if attained at all, by
association." - Daniel Webster, Speech at Pittsburg, July 1833. – What e.g. trade
unionists don‘t like to consider is e.g. the business-like purchase of enterprises by their
employees, on terms, over a few years. Thereby they could increase productivity so much
that they could actually pay that debt of with only part of the additional earnings they
could thus achieve. Naturally that would make unions obviously superfluous. Thus they
rather engage in anti-industrial warfare and class warfare mythology. – J.Z., 7.11.08.
ASSOCIATIONS: We do not believe that the free man must needs be solitary." -
Emmanuel Mournier, Be Not Afraid: To the Heart of Materialism. - - Let people secede
individually and then individually and autonomously associate into their kinds of
personal law associations. - J.Z., 31.1.93. ALONE, INDIVIDUALISM, ALLIANCES,
ASSOCIATIONS: Yet such associations can be rightful and desirable only in so far as
they are purely voluntary. No man can rightfully be coerced into joining one, or
supporting one, against his will. His own interest, his own judgement and his own
conscience alone must determine whether he will join this association, or that; or
whether he will join any. If he chooses to depend for the protection of his own rights,
solely upon himself, and upon such voluntary assistance as other persons may freely offer
to him when the necessity for it arises, he has a perfect right to do so, and this course
would be a reasonably safe one for him to follow, so long as he himself should manifest
the ordinary readiness of mankind, in like cases, to go to the assistance and defence of
injured persons; and should also himself to 'live honestly, hurt no one, and give to every
one his due.' For such a man is reasonably sure of always having friends and defenders
enough in case of need, whether he shall have joined any association, or not." - Spooner,
Natural Law. - He might merely have joined an insurance group, credit union or a
fraternal or religious welfare or self-help group. - J.Z., 31.1.93. – PROTECTIVE
ASSUMPTIONS: Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions." - Frank Herbert,
ASTROLOGY: Most people rather believe in astrology than in themselves and their
potential as free human beings. - J.Z., 5.12.83.
ASTROLOGY: This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in
fortune (often the surfeit of our own behaviour) we make guilty of our disasters the sun,
the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly
compulsion; knaves, thieves, and teachers by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars,
and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence." - Shakespeare, King
Lear, I, 1606.
ASYLUM: Every man who comes to England is entitled to the protection of the English
law, whatever oppression he may heretofore have suffered, and whatever may be the
colour of his skin, whether it is black, or whether it is white." (Quamvis ille niger,
quamvis tu candidus.) - William Murray, Earl of Mansfield, Decision, in Somerset
Habeas Corpus Case, May 1772, State Trials, vol. XX, p. 1. - Prussia had a similar
clause, stating that a slave stepping on Prussian ground would thereby become free. The
German proverb "Stadtluft macht frei" ( Town air makes free ), reminds of the times
when the slaves of an area ran away, established a palisaded township almost overnight
and successfully defended themselves against pursuers. Later they also accepted and
liberated runaways. But histories were rarely written by them and thus chronicles of such
events are rare. - Compare the present policies of our politicians, who rather make
concessions to dictators than concede human rights to those who fled from them. - Yes,
in some ways, some refugees are treated even worse by the countries they fled to than by
the regimes they fled from! - "Economic refugees" are also refugees, deserving freedom,
especially economic freedom and not incarceration and deportation. - J.Z., 26.9.02. –
ASYLUM: Give me your tired, your poor, - Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe
free, - The wretched refuse of your teeming shore: - Send these, the homeless, tempest
tossed, to me: - I lift my lamp beside the golden door." - Inscription on the Statue of
Liberty, N.Y. harbour, unveiled Oct. 28, 1886. - IMMIGRATION, FREE
ATHEISM is no reliable safeguard against economic theism - as the economic faiths of
most atheists demonstrate. Too many confined their critical capacity or interest to the
criticism of religion and are too ready to accept economic dogmas, myths, errors and
prejudices of the economic religion of the people and of their masters. - J.Z., 30.5.91,
ATHEISM: An atheist could not be as great a military leader as one who is not an
atheist... I don't think you will find an atheist who has reached the peak in the armed
forces." - Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, quoted in the Milwaukee Journal, quoted in John
Brunner: The Stone that Never Came Down, 141. - What an argument against the faithful!
I suppose that mostly, in order to rise high above the lowest ranks, you have to do your
share of boot-licking, too, which comes rather hard to an atheist, who even refuses to
worship a supposed God. Nor will an atheist believe that God would be favouring his side
or that his heroism would bring him straight to heaven. And were e.g. Friedrich II, Caesar
and Napoleon I really theists? Their fault may rather have been to imagine themselves
divine. For at least the first 2 homosexuality played a role in them finding all too much
obedience among men. - J.Z., 31.1.93. – MILITARY LEADERS, GENERALS,
ATHEISM: An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.‖ – John Buchan,
1875-1940, H. E. Fosdick, On Being a Real Person, 1943. - RELIGION, GOD
ATHEISM: Atheism indicates force of mind, but to a certain degree only.‖ - Blaise
Pascal, Pensees, XXIV, 1670. - Particularly if it demonstrates itself incapable of drawing
the panarchistic conclusion from the analogy of religious tolerance, applied even to
atheists. - J.Z., 12.7.86. - Theism indicates a mentality but only that of a certain degree. -
J.Z., 31.1.93.
ATHEISM: Atheism is the vice of a few intelligent people.‖ - Voltaire, Philosophical
Dictionary, 1764. - By that time it was probably still safer to call it a vice rather than a
virtue. - J.Z., 31.1.93. – The number of atheists is gradually increasing – but why only so
slowly? – J.Z., 7.11.08.
ATHEISM: Atheism offers the only real freedom - a clean un-gummed mind. Religion is
the most dangerous of all narcotics." - PLAYBOY, 8/77.
ATHEISM: Belief in the existence of God is as groundless as it is useless. The world will
never be happy until atheism is universal." – Source? How many were murdered in Spain
and in the Soviet Union alone, under that assumption? - The world, every superstitious
fool in it, need not be happy, as long as the atheists can be happy and free in their
atheism. The belief that all ought to share a particular faith, universally, country-wide or
even world-wide, even if merely an atheistic faith or an anarchistic faith, brings us into
the greatest dangers, in a world of "ethical infants and nuclear giants" ( General Omar
Bradley ). Atheistic intolerance is morally no better than religious intolerance. - J.Z.,
12.7.86, 31.1.93.
ATHEISM: Did you know that 'an atheist is someone with no invisible means of
support?" - radio joke, 11.7.66. – GOD, JOKES
ATHEISM: He who proselytises in the cause of unbelief is basically a man in need of
belief." - Eric Hoffer.
ATHEISM: I was an infant when my mother went to see an atheist burned. She took me
there: The dark-robed priests were met around the pile; The multitude was gazing
silently." - P. B. Shelley, Queen Mab, VII, 1813. - How many "burnt offerings" of human
flesh, blood and bones, were the "gods" offered during recorded history? But were e.g.
those revolutionaries of the Spanish Civil War, who indiscriminately killed priests, or
Stalinists, who prosecuted religious people, any better? - J.Z., 31.1.93.
ATHEISM: It's true there are no atheists in foxholes - at least damned few. An individual
too smart to swallow an omniscient, omnipotent Santa Claus is usually hard to talk into
going somewhere to be shot at by an enemy somebody else made for him." - Captain-
Inspector Nathaniel H. Blackburn, in L. Neil Smith, The Wardove, Part 4, 12 Nov. 2996.
- Our faithful great leaders drive many into so desperate situations, with no rightful and
rational way-out offered to them, that, in a last desperate effort, they appeal for help to a
non-existing God, who they then wish to exist and to be helpful to them. When your own
government, as much as the other, puts you on the firing line, much against your will, it is
only natural to wish for a most powerful ally, no matter how many hundreds of millions
that ally has previously left to be torn to pieces, starved or sickened to death. - J.Z.,
ATHEISM: Might these be called the five atheist commandments?" I asked. - "Oh, no,"
she objects. "Atheism has no commandments. Well, only one commandment: Thou shalt
use thy mind, use reason in everything that thou doest, and never stop the process of
learning." - Madaly Murray O'Hair, OMNI, 12/81.
ATHEISM: Most of the atheists, rationalists, humanists etc. do remain, alas, victims to
the usual prejudices, errors, myths, spleens and dogmas that exist in the political,
economic and social spheres ( including the moral or ethical sphere ) and thus stagnate on
the road to full enlightenment. Being enlightened only in the religious sphere is by far not
enough. The theory and practice of panarchism in these other three spheres might get
them moving again, on the road to enlightenment, often in the right direction, at least by
and by. – J.Z., 3.8.07, 19.10.07. - ENLIGHTENMENT, FAITH, PREJUDICES,
ATHEISM: Russian Atheist: A guy who doesn't believe in Lenin." - Grace Downs.
ATHEISM: The atheist does not say, 'There is no God,' but he says, 'I know not what you
mean by God; the word God is to me a sound conveying no clear or distinct affirmation.'"
– Charles Bradlaugh, A Plea for Atheism, 1864. - GOD
ATHEISM: The Devil divides the world between atheism and superstition." - George
Herbert, Jaculae Prudentum, 1651.
ATHEISM: The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without
persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power." - C. C.
Colton: Lacon, 1820. - I would add: awareness of individual rights and liberties and their
practice, as far as is possible. - J.Z., 31.1.93.
ATHEISM: There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many
people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave." - Louis
Kronenberger, The Spirit of the Age, Company Manners, 1954. - I find even worse the all
too wide-spread and often murderous attitude of "true believers", that you may cease to
―behave‖, in their meaning, because you believe. -J.Z., 31.1.93.
ATHEISM: There's even a new organization called the Reformed Atheists, who are
claiming tax-exempt status as a religion." - Jim St. Clair, Selling the promised Land, in
ANALOG, May 77, p.155. - I am afraid that they were as unsuccessful in this as the
various libertarian churches were. There are many other reformist and statist groups that
would be interested in tax exemption and I hold that only a consistent and general
programme including e.g., voluntary taxation and minority autonomy for all, and
expropriation of the politicians and bureaucrats, as far as all public assets are concerned,
can unite them with the corresponding interests of anarchists and libertarians.- J.Z.,
31.1.93, 7.11.08.
ATHEISM: To attack the religious beliefs of peaceful and creative people is usually a
fruitless exercise. Just make sure that sufficient counter information is available to them,
too, once they come to seek it. - J.Z., 31.1.93.
ATHEISM: When incredulity becomes a faith, it is less rational than a religion." -
Edmond and Jules De Goncourt, Journal, March 1, 1862. – Sometimes! - J.Z.
ATLAS: Don't just be a Shrugging Atlas. Do your own thing. - J.Z., 10/72.
ATOMIC WEAPONS: Why does nobody bother to clearly define and publish against
whom, when and where such devices could be rightfully applied? Naturally, this would
also require that one could and would define the terms ―aggression‖, ―defence‖ and
―enemy‖ properly, rather than leaving such most important decision to prejudiced and
self-interested ―leaders‖ & ―representatives‖, most of them power addicts or even power-
mad. – J.Z., 9.5.07, 25.10.07. – See: NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, DECISION-MAKING
ATROCITIES: Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according
to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage - torture, imprisonment without
trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians - which does not change its moral color
when it is committed by 'our' side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of
atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing
about them." - George Orwell - Emailed in by C.B. – NATIONALISM, BIAS
ATROCITIES: Atrocity is recognized as such by victim and perpetrator alike, by all who
learn about it at whatever remove. Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument.
Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more
atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself - a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits
atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred." - Frank Herbert, Children of
ATROCITIES: Men well continue to commit atrocities as long as they continue to
believe absurdities." - Ascribed to Voltaire by Des MacCarthy. - Seldes brings it as: "As
long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities." - Voltaire. -
ATTENTION SPAN: Most prejudices or myths would not be as strong and popular if the
attention span ( & concentration ability ) of people were larger. But most tire very rapidly
of certain subjects, while still seeing them only at a very superficial level. - J.Z., 5/1/83. -
Even a relatively small and simple change-over, e.g. from printing on paper to
microfilming or CD-publishing of texts, takes people many years to undertake - and even
then so far only a few have made the change. A thicket of opinions of paper and
computer addicts has to be broken through and so far few were persistent enough for this.
- J.Z., 31.1.93. - Not even floppy disks, far less CDs, have so far been sufficiently used
by anarchists and libertarians for their literature. - J.Z., 26.9.02.
ATTILA SYNDROME: "... take it instead of making it." - G. Harry Stine, ANALOG
ATTRACTION, In my judgement, one hasn't a prayer of being an effective worker in
freedom's vineyard except as he grasps and adheres strictly to the law of attraction - that
magnetism founded exclusively on the pursuit of excellence. Doubtless, many freedom
devotees are influenced to employ wrong methods because of the success of such methods
in destroying a free society. But creating a free society is a different matter and so must
the methods be different. The methods that work in destroying are destructive when used
in creating...." – Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, 131. - POWER OF
ATTRACTION: ... there is a powerful alternative to compulsion, and it may be
rediscovered when compulsory measures finally fail. It is called attraction." - Melvin D.
ATTRACTION: I believe rather in drawing men toward good than shutting them out
from bad." – Emile Zola. – ATTRACTION VS. PROHIBITION
AUDACITY: Sapere aude! Dare to use your own reasoning powers!” - Quoted by Kant
in his famous essay: What Is Enlightenment?
AUDACITY: Success is the child of audacity.‖ - Disraeli, but only in a re-translation
from the German version. J.Z. – Compare: ―Nothing ventured, nothing gained!”
AUDIENCE SIZE: Another aspect of this intriguing paradox: as a person grows in
knowledge, he is exposed to a new set of friends - and almost certainly faces a dwindling
number of old friends. There are many ways to lose friends, of course, but what I am
suggesting is that a dwindling audience is NOT NECESSARILY a sign of failure; on the
contrary, it may signify personal progress...." – Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening?
p.180. - The most advanced might find the least people to understand them. -
J.Z.,20.6.77. Already Laotse is said to have remarked something like: To be understood
only by a few belongs to my value. Also apply: "Communication is possible only among
equals." The most advanced might thus speak and write mainly for the future and should
make sure of their recordings, their permanence and at least minimum distribution - and
ready availability, cheaply, on demand. Microfiche do offer that option to anyone. So do
floppy disks and CDs. How lasting are e-mails and websites? - J.Z., n.d. & 26.9.02.
AUDIENCES, LARGE: Large audiences seldom retain anything of lasting value... The
best audience is an audience of one." – G. C. Roche, Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.43. -
Communist proselytising was rather effective, on a one person to one person basis, in
which one person dedicated his time for weeks to winning over just a single new convert,
in a relentless and overwhelming effort. It should be possible to convey truths faster and
more deeply with less effort, with a "soft sell" rather than with "hard sell". - Marshall
Fritz and his Advocates of Self-Government have possibly made some worthwhile
advances in this direction. At least they tried. - J.Z., 31.1.93.
AUDIENCES: Any experienced lecturer or personal counsel or who ignores applause
and accurately assesses results, knows full well that the best audience is one, though he
may not know the reason why. - The biggest live audience I ever addressed was 2,200.
But the applause must have been for 'a good show' rather than for any ideas that might
have been garnered, for I have yet to find the slightest trace of any ideological impact or
of any lasting interest aroused by that lecture. - Often, when I have been scheduled to
address a convention or an annual meeting, a friend in that community had at the same
time arranged for a small, invitational gathering. The big affair pays my expenses in
dollars, and little more. But the small one invariably yields handsomely in terms of FEE's
objectives." - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.108. - I have often wondered
whether for the circulation of new ideas and opinions the mass media are suitable at all,
because the positive response rate from mentionings and discussions there appeared to
me to be very low, indeed, as percentages of the total readership they formally reach. -
Those who regularly follow the news through them are not mentally prepared and
receptive for new ideas, as a rule. Thus even the best presentations in them might be
largely failures. However, if they are audio or video-taped and transcribed and then
ordered by interested individuals and paid attention to at a suitable time and occasion,
then the better presentations can be successful - e.g. as selected clippings or lecture notes.
And in flow-chart discussions ( & electronic ―argument mapping‖ as developed by Paul
Monk at al ) you can effectively debate with one – namely yourself, &, potentially, with
many others, over a long period, and in reading books you can be in a one to one
relationship, at least through careful reading, thinking and note-taking on your side, with
famous people, most of whom are already long dead or living ones whom you might
never meet. Moreover, then you are usually undisturbed by a crowd around you and you
can select your time and place. After and between large conference sessions, the informal
small rap sessions are often the most fruitful. Perhaps there is something to "personal
magnetism", which does not come across through the mass media and even to most
people of large audiences, because it has only a limited range, at least for most people.
Some, like great mischief makers, seem to be able to temporarily hold the minds of
thousands. But do these demagogues ever enlighten these thousands or do they merely
stampede them in the already desired direction? If it is largely true that "communication
takes place only among equals", then small and select groups are obviously to be
preferred to more or less interested or accidental crowds. The non-thinking within the
crowd may also interfere with the thinking of the few in the crowd who otherwise can
and want to think. - People of the drop-out and alternative culture movement speak often
of "good or bad ‗vibes‘ (vibrations)". Perhaps such vibrations can one day be measured
and distinguished? All nuances of an individual's voice are not yet transmitted
electronically and via the mass media one usually does not get the full view body
language, either, and a large crowd sees it only from too far away. - I believe it was in a
large second-hand books store in Seattle, in 91, that I saw ca. 3-4 m shelf spaces filled
with books on public speaking. Is there one that extracted the essence of all such
writings? Either much research in this sphere still remains to be undertaken or it remains
to be sufficiently publicised. I suggested once, in a comment to a book on Richard
Cobden, that we might still be able to analyse now, at least to some extent, from the
numerous reports on him, why he was so uniquely persuasive. - One of the best books on
the subject that I have found is: Michael Doyle & David Strauss: How To Make Meetings
Work, The New Interaction Method, Playboy Paperbacks, 1976, 300 pages, operating
then from Playboy Paperbacks Book Mailing Service, P.O. Box 690, Rockville Centre,
N.Y. 11 571. - J.Z., 31.1.93.
AUDIENCES: My experiences over several decades attest to the fact, and I believe many
teachers would confirm, that the smaller and more personal the audience the better are
the educational results...." – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, 108. - Personal
confrontations should as far as possible be avoided in attempts to find the truth. The
adversary and adjudication process in a personal way is not very effective, either. I'd
rather help to gradually provide as many impersonal references as possible: Full texts, all
of them, made cheaply and easily more accessible via bibliographies, abstracts and
indexes, encyclopaedias of the best refutations so far found - of common errors, myths
and prejudices, comprehensive handbooks of definitions, ideas archives, slogans and
aphorisms for liberty, handbooks of the most effective wordings for truths, etc. - J.Z.,
31.1.93. – However, compare how with the decentralized help of ―monitors‖ a single
teacher could teach at least the basics in a very short time to a ―class‖ of up to a thousand
pupils, as was demonstrated e.g. by Joseph Lancaster. - SMALL & PERSONAL
AUSTRALIA: Let's turn Australia into a really free country - from a country that only
imagines itself to be free. At least we do not have to risk our lives in this process, as we
would have when trying to liberate some other countries, while living in them. - J.Z.,
9/10/83. With all my love for peace and criticism of what remains wrong and flawed in
Australia, I still believe it would be worthwhile to fight for it, if necessary, with
conventional weapons, against a totalitarian attack. I also know that libertarian defence
methods could make such a defence relatively easy and bloodless and turn it into a
liberation war or revolution or military insurrection within the attacking country. See e.g.
PP 61-63 and 16-18. - J.Z., 31.1.93.
AUSTRALIA: We are the richest country in the world." - John Singleton, 20/10/76. - We
were, once, and could soon be again. However, see the mess the politicians have so far
made of our achievements and opportunities. - J.Z., 12/76, 31.1.93.
AUSTRALIAN GOODS & SERVICES: Buy Australian? - Blindly buy Australian,
regardless of quality and price? Be a fool with your money - if that is your choice. - J.Z.,
18.5.86. - If you buy foreign goods, your money spent there will either have been earned
by Australian exports or will lead soon to corresponding exports. If you are in doubt
about this, regarding the government's paper currency, make sure, by using more suitable
international purchasing vouchers and clearing certificates, as recommended by Prof. E.
Milhaud and U. v. Beckerath. - J.Z., 5.10.89, 31.1.93. - Any dealer prefers it if we buy
from him rather than from others. But the economy does not suffer but rather benefits, if
we buy from others because they are more competitive. What applies to the dealers in a
town applies to those in a state, those of the whole of Australia and those of the whole
world. Free Trade, not local favouritism, would grant all of us much larger favours than
playing local favourites could. - Our own money, coined or printed by ourselves, or in
form of clearing certificates, based upon our own goods and services, no matter where it
is spent or readily accepted, would inevitably come back to us to pay for our goods and
services. Let us rather assure our sales in that way than by appeals to blind and
uninformed and misleading nationalism. Australians are better off buying competitive
goods at competitive prices overseas than buying non-competitive goods at non-
competitive prices in Australia. By all foreigners acting the same towards our goods,
everybody would win. Only inefficient producers and suppliers would and ought to lose
out, the sooner the better, by the daily referendum of sovereign consumers, voting with
their dollars. - J.Z., 31.1.93. – PROTECTIONISM, BOYCOTTS, OPPOSITION TO
AUSTRALIAN MADE: Not only Australian made but also Australian owned.‖ – From
an advertisement, 14.7.97. – Do Australian producers and traders grant Australians
special discounts? Or do they rather want to sell their Australian goods or services to
Australians more expensively to Australians than these customers could get the same
kind of goods and services, perhaps even better ones, from overseas? - - Can non-
Australians owners and traders of goods and services be ultimately paid otherwise than in
Australian goods and services? – Do political borders have any economic significance
and value, except for monopolistic interventions with economic transactions for mutual
benefit? – This kind of nonsense, almost omnipresent, should be thoroughly refuted,
better than I could. What kind of education or enlightenment do we have when millions
of people still fall for such fallacies and prejudices? – Compare: ―Made in Germany‖,
―Made in the USA‖, etc. - J.Z., 29.7.99, 21.9.08. – DIS
AUSTRALIAN MADE: The expression 'Made in Australia' is one of the greatest
Australian-made stupidities, errors and prejudices, full of wrong premises and false
conclusions. - J.Z., 6.2.02. – And yet it is endlessly repeated in public and almost never
questioned. An indication of the quality of our education system and of our ―self-
thinking‖! – J.Z., 8.2.08. - It wrongly asserts that political borders have an inherent
economic significance, that the international division of labor involved in Free Trade can
be economically harmful, that only the purchase of Australian goods, services and labor
by Australians would provide Australians with jobs, that imports would have economic
disadvantages, that foreigners would be advantaged if they did not buy Australian goods -
but only those they produced at home, that jobs are diminished by imports, that economic
"autarchy", as aimed at by men steeped in economic ignorance and prejudice, like Hitler
was, would be economically advantageous, that trade is beneficial only within national
borders, that every import does not have to be paid for by a corresponding export, that
what we pay for imports does not lead to corresponding redemption obligations in goods
and services for us, when the means of payment we used stream back to us. It does not
realize that imports are the payment for exports and that exports lead inevitably to
imports, and imports lead inevitably to exports. That such slogans of economic illiteracy
can still be so widely used in political and private advertising and that almost no
Australian "economist" ever speaks up against it, does indicate a very low level of public
education and knowledge among journalists, politicians, economists and advertisers as
well as among their victims, all victims of a public mis-education system. - A short
leaflet setting out the most important of the fallacies involved, and their best refutations,
could do some good. ) - Among the related slogans is e.g.: "Buy your kid a job: Buy
Australian!” Such nonsense is spread by the mass media with never a critical word or at
least some doubts and questions expressed! - J.Z., 7.2.02.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONALISM: I am first a human being, secondly a human rights
moralist, thirdly a panarchistic libertarian, then - many other things and only lastly an
"Australian". - J.Z., 21.5.76.
AUSTRALIA'S MULTICULTURALISM: Australia is made up of immigrants from 110
nations. - Bob Hawke, 10/88. ( Possibly not the exact wording.)
AUTARCHY: ... autarchist - 'a believer in individual self-rule'."- LEFEVRE'S
JOURNAL, Fall 75.
AUTARCHY: Autarchy: autos = self + archos = rule = self rule.‖ - Stormy Mon, A
Liberty Book, p.93.
AUTARCHY: Many times when I use the term 'government', people think that I mean
law and order. And so, if they hear me say: 'We don't need government', they think I
mean we don't need law and order. Well, this is probably what makes me an 'autarchist'
rather than an anarchist. I think we need law and order. You see, I am dedicated to the
idea of lawful and orderly procedures. And because of that I have to stand against
government. Because government doesn't provide either law or order, ..." - LeFevre,
Good Government, p.8. – LAW & ORDER, GOVERNMENT
AUTHORITARIAN SYSTEMS: Let almost all major authoritarian systems implode or
puff apart, quite harmless, by removing their territorial borders and sovereign powers
over all their dissenters. Let the resulting fragments fly their own way as far or as near as
they want to go. - If, instead, you keep them territorially, constitutionally, legally and
juridically confined, then you create a dangerous and explosive atmosphere – and uphold
targets for IBMs. - J.Z., 21 January 99.
AUTHORITARIANISM: ... all authority and government are based on force, the master
class, with its burden of omniscience, faces the servile class, with its burden of nescience,
precisely as a highwayman faces his victim. Communication is possible only between
equals. The master class never abstracts enough information from the servile class to
know what is actually going on in the world where the actual productivity of society
occurs. Furthermore, the logogram of any authoritarian society remains fairly inflexible
as time passes, but everything else in the universe constantly changes. The result can only
be progressive disorientation among the rulers. The end is debacle. - The schizophrenia
of authoritarianism exists both in the individual and in the whole society. I call this the
Snafu Principle." – Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea, Illuminatus II, The Golden
Apple, 1975, 77, p. 193.
AUTHORITARIANISM: A country free from authoritarian tyranny;..."- L. E. Read, on
the American Dream, in THE FREEMAN, 11/74.
AUTHORITARIANISM: All forms of authoritarianism - socialism, state interventionism
or welfarism, and the like - are despotic. They are at once dictatorial, domineering,
coercively prescriptive; they are dogmatic and arrogant. All despotic philosophies may
be simply summarized: 'Do as I say, OR ELSE!' The practices of this way of life range all
the way from one person lording it over another to those who wield their vast political
powers over millions of citizens. As the eminent German psychiatrist, Dr. Fritz Kunkel,
evaluated this mode of conduct: 'There is not much difference between the medicine-man
of ten-thousand years ago and the political propagandiser of our time.'‖ – L. E. Read,
somewhere? Quoting: Dr. Fritz Kunkel, N.Y., In Search of Maturity, Charles Scribner's
Sons, 1943, p. 65. - The xyz different schools of psychology and psychiatry have mostly
authoritarians in their ranks, too. - J.Z., 1.2.93.
AUTHORITARIANISM: All forms of authoritarianism are pompous nonsense." –
Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.30. - Not only LET freedom reign but maximise
the number of freedom institutions, services and communication channels, so that no
creative spark or energy need any longer get lost in authoritarian deserts. Appeals like:
"Let Freedom Reign" are not enough, in the same way as prayers to God Almighty, to Be
A Good Man, are not enough. - J.Z., 1.2.93.
AUTHORITARIANISM: All some people can conceive is not whether authoritarianism
is right or wrong but which authority they think should be enforced on everybody else." -
AUTHORITARIANISM: An individual does not adopt authoritarian ways because he
knows so little. More likely than not, he behaves in this manner because he is unaware of
how little he knows - unaware of the significance that his personal stock of knowledge
has in the context of the whole." – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership,
AUTHORITARIANISM: Assuming this awareness of how little one knows, how could
one behave as an authoritarian, play the role of God?" – Leonard E. Read, Elements of
Libertarian Leadership, p.98.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarianism - regardless of the labels assigned to its
numerous forms - presupposes non existing gods, that is, politicians who naively believe
that they know how to steer mankind aright and, thus, can run your, my, and everyone
else's life to humanity's advantage. These self-proclaimed wizards are in fact the most
ignorant of all men. Why this derogatory assessment? They haven't taken the very first
step in wisdom, namely, achieving an awareness of how little they know. While no wizard
among them all can even make a pencil, each has little doubt that mankind, if made in his
infinitesimal image, would be improved and that all our millions of requirements would
better prosper under his direction. Prosper? Preposterous!" – Leonard E. Read, Castles
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarianism assumes (1) that we KNOW how everyone
should live, and (2) that we have the right to FORCE them to live that way. The
libertarian denies both. If man is to progress, some must try new ways. Many will fail.
But we will all gain from those who find better ways." - Rod Manis, Manifesto, 118. -
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarianism at best can turn out carbon copies, no copy
ever being as perfect as the imperfect original. Carbon copies cannot be improvements
but only second-rate duplicates.‖ – Leonard E. Read, The Miracle of the Market, in
Champions of Freedom, p. 54. - This analogy has been outdated by modern copy
machines. I have often turned flawed original letters or clippings into much more legible
photocopies. Computerised enhancement of images and texts, not accessible to me, has
also improved copies over the originals. The originals of old master painters have often
faded away, excellent duplicates have been made of them. Forgeries of originals have
been made, sometimes so good that experts were taken in by them for a long time. - Thus
I would rather say that followers can be successful innovators, bypassing the original
thoughts of their masters, only by becoming free of the mental domination by their
masters, i.e., by respecting the creative sparks in themselves, too. Only then can they
stand on the shoulders of giants - instead of being trampled underfoot by them. - J.Z.,
1.2.93. – DIS.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarianism has nothing to offer but its chains. - J.Z.,
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarianism however labelled: socialism, communism, the
welfare state, the planned economy, political dictocrats running our lives.‖ - Leonard E.
Read, The Love of Liberty, p. 26.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarianism is O.K. for those who desire and thus deserve
it but no one else should be subjected to it. - J.Z., 26.7.87. - PANARCHISM,
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarianism means: Advocating the principle of
obedience to authority as opposed to individual liberty.‖ - THE MATCH, editorial, Jan.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarianism ought to be scrapped.” - THE MATCH, Jan.
75. – For all but authoritarians! Let them alone suffer under their self-chosen ―ideal‖! –
Panarchies even for them! J.Z., 7.11.08.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarianism stems from not knowing how little one
knows: the greatest ignorance of all. Instead of a ruler, let freedom be the rule; no
restraints against the creative actions of anyone. The better we understand this truth, the
more we can share it, and gain by so doing." – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, IX.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authoritarians tend to be sado-masochistic in nature - that is,
they are subservient to authority and love to exercise power over others.‖ - Alex
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authority seems to command a devotion that morality can't
match." - Gloria Sturzenacker, in LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, Jan., Feb. 78, p. 32. - In
most, but not in all cases, and only under present statist conditions and as far as these are
applied. Look at their choices in clothing, foods, entertainment, sports, hobbies, i.e. in
spheres where they remain individually free. - J.Z., 1.2.93. – Even fashions and hair
styles have become more and more individualized. – J.Z., 7.11.08.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Authority, by dividing men into classes, creates dichotomy,
disruption, hostility, fear, disunion. Liberty, by placing men on an equal footing, creates
association, amalgamation, union, security. When the relationships between men are
based on authority and coercion they are driven apart; when based on liberty and non-
aggression, they are drawn together. ...If authoritarianism did not posses the in-built,
pre-programmed double-bind structure of a Game Without End, men would long ago
have rejected it and embraced libertarianism." - Wilshon/Shea, Illuminatus III, p.243. -
AUTHORITARIANISM: Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser
than a million men. Let's play that over again, too. Who decides?" – Robert Heinlein,
Lazarus Long, Notebook.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Cooperate means 'to act or work together with another or
others for a COMMON purpose.' The decrees and edicts of authoritarians reflect strictly
their own, not common purposes." – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 3/74.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Every form of authoritarianism is, however, a small 'State',
even if it has a membership of only two." - Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, p.240. - I would
say: a territorial State, not a voluntaristic, competing and panarchistic one. - J.Z., 1.2.93.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Given the goal of individual growth, authoritarianism is an
utterly absurd way of life." - Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air, p.10.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption
of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the
people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to
govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to
be masters." - Daniel Webster – - The good intentions of the Constitutionalists are just
not good enough, either. How limited they are, was demonstrated by the still very
incomplete and flawed bill of rights amendments to the U.S. constitution, passed
gradually, as after-thoughts. – And everyone of these amendments has already been
legally infringed many times. – J.Z., 5.1.08. - GOOD INTENTIONS, POLITICS & ITS
AUTHORITARIANISM: Have a hard look at the world around us, heading as it is
toward disaster. Why? Millions of people are thinking of themselves as THE SOURCE of
wisdom and, in consequence, are lording it over others. Rampant authoritarianism." –
Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air, p.133.
AUTHORITARIANISM: I have never heard of a consistent socialist. That is, I am not
aware of any person who believes that authoritarianism should be universally applied,
that the state should forcibly direct and control ALL creative and productive activities.
There are areas that the most ardent Marxist would leave to free will and volition. In
short, there is hardly a person who does not balk at authoritarianism in some of its
forms." – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.81. - Read himself was
an authoritarian not only with regard to his advocacy of a territorial limited government,
one not only over its few present supporters but over all its present and future dissenters,
but e.g. in his definition of socialism. Of over 500 definitions he picked upon just one,
that of State Socialism, and acted as if it could sufficiently represent or stand for all other
forms of it, even those forms that have been advocated for quite some time as libertarian
socialism or communist anarchism and individualist anarchism or cooperative and
voluntary socialism. Granted, even among these some authoritarian features remained,
not to speak of most of the others, but they were certainly not identical with the State
Socialists. Even the Marxists greatly disagree with each other and because of their all too
general remarks about a future classless society and the withering away of the State,
earlier on, they were welcomed by many anarchists. Most of the different socialists are
against private property rights in all too many respects. But some are pure propertarians,
too. Read remained blind towards these alternatives and authoritatively condemned the
lot. - J.Z., 1.2.93.
AUTHORITARIANISM: I met recently the leader of a small republican party in
Australia. With only about 1,000 members, he has already become almost inflexibly
wedded to his party's programme, as supposedly containing the only or best solutions to
all problems faced by Australians. The programme contains a small number of liberating
points among a large number of authoritarian ones. Representing at best only 1 in 17,000
of the population, he aims to rule all and to impose his programme upon all, all - with the
very best intentions, for he imagines that he knows all there is to know and that he could
apply this knowledge best. He asked me about the panarchist alternative, and that makes
him unique among Australian politicians, but showed not real interest my answers, which
was not surprising, seeing his general authoritarian stand. He remained unaware how
much exterritorial minority autonomy for all would improve his chances to come to rule
at least over his own followers. Because he also stood for some liberties, like repeal of all
drug laws and extension of the referendum option, a reduction of taxation and an end to
frequent meddling with the old age security systems, he thought that we had sufficient in
common for a cooperative working relationship. - Cooperation would only be possible
for me with parties that had only a one or several points programme, all being for liberty
or at least the liberty and tolerance involved in panarchism. -J.Z., 1.2.93, 7.11.08.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Ideology which assumes that decisions are and can be
rightfully made by those in authority (power), elected or self-appointed etc., rather than
being made by individuals themselves or chosen by individuals for themselves. Compare
the choice of a physician as an advisor and specialist for themselves, individually. There
is a great difference between coercively imposing authorities upon peaceful others, who
have not individually asked for that authority over themselves and voluntarily and
individually asking for or accepting authorities as specialists. The latter is part of social
and capitalistic and individualistic market relationships, i.e. of division of labour, free
enterprise and free exchange, of the economic means. Authoritarianism is the political
means and usually connected with territorialism. But in private criminal cases
authoritarianism can also be applied non-territorially, against victims not given the
chance to opt out of e.g. a Mafia rule. Terrorists, not yet territorially ruling, but having
territorial ambitions, do also impose their authoritarian decisions as far as they can, with
terror measures over whole territories and their populations. Only an authority that is
individually asked for and continues to be granted by individuals and authority that is
exercised in self-defence over aggressive people, can be rightful. - J.Z., n.d. & 1.2.93. –
AUTHORITARIANISM: If the protagonists of freedom would only stop making
spectacles of themselves, the millions of uncommitted citizens could give undivided
attention to the antics of authoritarians. Authoritarianism could never endure even such
casual scrutiny; its follies must be apparent when the eye is not distracted." – Leonard E.
Read, also in Let Freedom Reign? - Is it really only the antics of freedom lovers that
distract or entertain people??? They may have distracted Read from what he considered
as being essential and, he imagined, others and the uncommitted would find them
distracting, too. I would rather say that masses of people are distracted by the games and
shows of authoritarians. Most freedom lovers at least try to make the best out of their
lives under the remaining few and limited opportunities for free productive and creative
work. In their enlightenment efforts they have to compete with the almost unlimited
opportunities for circus performances and other entertainments and distractions. The
masses find neither the sensible nor the antics activities of anarchists and libertarians
distractive. They pay no attention to them at all. - J.Z., 1.2.93. - LIBERTARIANISM
AUTHORITARIANISM: In any given society, the authority man has over man is in
inverse ratio to the intellectual level of development reached by that society." - Proudhon,
in S. Edwards, Proudhon, p.88.
AUTHORITARIANISM: In authoritarian, centrally controlled countries, natural
economic laws are subverted or ignored and priorities are arbitrarily set by bureaucrats
who may and often do place more importance on the construction of tanks, war planes,
the maintenance of huge standing armies, or the exporting of revolution, than on whether
or not you eat.‖ - Vincent H. Miller, OPTION 2/77.
AUTHORITARIANISM: It dawned on me … that there was a striking parallel between
the status of women and the status of practically all of us. Almost everyone has been
diminished by some authoritarian superstition." – Richard Cornuelle, Demanaging
America, p.45.
AUTHORITARIANISM: It would seem that a person who has gained an awareness of
how little he knows, could hardly behave as an authoritarian. Such an awareness,
however, must be exceedingly elusive; few seem to achieve it. Most of us assume that
reality does not go beyond those things and events which fall within the purview of our
five senses. We assume that other people are only what they seem to us; that the light we
see is the light that is; that the sounds we hear and the odours we smell are the only
sounds and odours; that we are the captains of our own souls and the lords of all we
survey." – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.93. - IGNORANCE,
AUTHORITARIANISM: Many anarchists are unconscious authoritarians, because they
cling illogically to the notion of uniformity ( they may call it equality ); not realising that
the human species, like any other species in nature, develops individual variations.
Uniformity must be enforced, and can be enforced only by a centralised power, i.e. by the
State." - Herbert Read, Anarchy and Order, p. 24. - TERRITORIALISM, EQUALITY,
AUTHORITARIANISM: No doubt, his unqualified insistence upon individual liberty
limited his influence during his own life time, but it is precisely that same insistence
which makes Frederic Bastiat so important to those of us in another age which has largely
lost its way in a series of authoritarian blind alleys." - G. C. Roche III, Bastiat, A Man
Alone, p.16.
AUTHORITARIANISM: On the other side is the politics of the old culture (*). It holds
that some elite-government, church, state, majority, etc. - knows what is best for us and
all power should be concentrated in its hands." - Rod Manis, in Outside Looking In,
p.411. – (*) Barbarism! - J.Z.
AUTHORITARIANISM: The authoritarian attempts to be the master of others when,
obviously, he is not even master of himself. Plato likens the authoritarian to the man who
passes his life, not in the building of his inner self, but in fighting and combating other
men. Need we do more than look about us to confirm the rightness of Plato's
observations?‖ – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, 90. - We have to
try to turn all men as far as possible from fighters, looters and dominators, or from
warriors and barbarians, to creators, producers, industrial and trading and thus peaceful,
just and free people. A genuine human culture and civilisation has barely begun. Our
cannibalistic and slavery origins still persist in all too many traits. Man, individual man,
is still considered as merely a means by most others, instead of as an end in himself. -
AUTHORITARIANISM: The goals of the organization get lost in bitter power conflicts
and adherence to empty routines. The bureaucracy, which is supposed to be an
instrument to promote efficiency through formalised rules, threatens to suffocate under
the pressure of these very rules." - David Jenkins, Job Power, p.158. - To what extent
does this apply already to anarchist and libertarian organisations, especially the larger
think tanks and publishers? Have they been subjected to a special study on how
libertarian or authoritarian and bureaucratic libertarian organizations tend to be and how
they exceeded their optimum sizes? - J.Z., 1.2.93.
AUTHORITARIANISM: The list must also include the intellectual authoritarians, those
believing that all who do not see eye-to-eye with them are to that extent 'off beam' - or
fools. The authoritarians are a numerous lot!" – Leonard E. Read, Elements of
Libertarian Leadership, p.93. - KNOW-IT-ALLS, INTELLECTUALS, EXPERTS,
AUTHORITARIANISM: The political tension between the existing authoritarian
governments can result any moment now in an authoritarian catastrophe." - ELF, No. 7.
AUTHORITARIANISM: The preceding chapter makes the claim that 'all forms of
authoritarianism are pompous nonsense.' This seems self-evident to anyone who grasps
the unimaginable content of the over-all luminosity and the infinitesimal part any discrete
individual has or can have in its composition." – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign,
p.32. - Indeed. This does not, however, mean that we should not, like orthodox natural
sciences are supposedly already doing, try to systematically search for and combine our
little bits of wisdom. FEE was not, is not and could not be enough to achieve that. Nor
are all conventional freedom organizations, publishing and publicity, teaching and study
efforts enough, alone or in combination. Many new avenues have to be taken to gather in,
examine, develop and use or refute any contribution. And this whole palette of pro-
freedom institutions and services should be listed and well described, to market all these
options and lead to the innovation and addition of more and more such services, all
remaining in sufficient touch with each other, while all remain also autonomous as to
their particular ends and means. - J.Z., 1.2.93.
AUTHORITARIANISM: The state, of course, even the democratic state, is an
authoritarian institution based ultimately upon its use of authoritarian relations and its
power to enforce those relationships." - Duncan Yuille, Free Trade.
AUTHORITARIANISM: These three generalisations - that national security produces
national insecurity; that authoritarianism produces miscommunication and eventual
idiocy; and that honest politicians are a plague upon society - will be found to fully
explain the Decline and Fall of Rome, the Decline and Fall of the British Empire, and the
Decline and Fall of any country you care to name. They are as universal as Newton's
laws of motion and apply to all cases." - Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminati Papers,
AUTHORITARIANISM: Two steps are required to grasp the alternative to the
minuscule knowledge that can issue from authoritarian arrangements. The first is to
recognize that there is actually such a phenomenal force as Creative Wisdom. The second
is not so much to understand precisely how tiny bits of knowledge form into a magnificent
whole - a brilliant luminosity - but to know for certain that these bits will automatically
form in an essentially free society." – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.21. - Alas,
Read failed to realize, what kind of additional free organisational steps, and
communication channels and institutions ought to become established to maximise the
chances of each additional bit of creative wisdom not becoming lost or forgotten for all
too long or altogether ignored but to become recognised and applied as soon as possible.
My programme for a genuinely cultural revolution on how to accelerate the progress of
mutual enlightenment, in my CONTACTS series and partly reproduced in PEACE
PLANS 61-63, brings many such approaches together. Read himself established one such
institution, namely FEE, but remained unaware of how many other free market
institutions and processes and resource centres would be additionally required. Actually,
an endless number but some of them have already become visible to some of us. And one
can not only hope that that free market will somehow and sooner or later bring all of
them to fruition but should apply some initiative and free enterprise to realised some of
them. He let it happen, e.g., that many of FEE's titles went out of print, instead of
becoming even more cheaply and also permanently accessible on microfiche. He was
open to many ideas, but not that of an Archive of Ideas and a Talent Registry, as
proposed in PEACE PLANS 20/21. and 183. I do not remember him ever appreciating
e.g. as simple and cheap options as open air speaking centres and bulletin boards, centres
of second-hand bookshops etc. And it was not FEE but others who attempted to set up
and to continue general freedom bookshops and libraries. Fee's library is considerable
and now embodies e.g. Henry Hazlitt's, too, but is still all too limited, and, typically, does
not contain a microfilm reading machine and film collection. Its book-mailing service
contains many interesting titles but still only a tiny fraction of all freedom writings. He
spoke of steps to be taken but did not try to list many of them, being always overly
concerned with turning each individual into a complete lighthouse, a utopian aim,
because sufficient luminosity to enlighten all around one, on all their different paths, can
never come from a single individual. To be an all-round wise and capable and successful
person, e.g. as an inventor, manufacturer, organiser and salesman, is not within the
capabilities of all or most. We do depend upon division of labour and the exchange of
services. But co-generation of the total energy required by a lighthouse to function, can
well be co-generated by free people who are properly connected for this purpose and who
plug themselves in when they have something to offer or need something. Envision a
general electronic bulletin board connecting all freedom lovers. Then a network that also
interconnects not only the E-mail fans but all others who are similarly interested, in
particular aspects of liberty, connecting them in many other ways, not only electronic
mail and its channels, yes even via the monopoly mail. FEE rarely mentioned any of the
other libertarian organisational, research and publishing efforts. Yet awareness of all
these options and their systematic interconnection, e.g. by various directories, are
required to achieve over-all luminosity. - J.Z., 1.2.93. - WISDOM
AUTHORITARIANISM: We are reverting to the same type of authoritarianism from
which our forefathers fled." – Leonard E. Read, The Freeman, 11/74.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Whenever authoritarianism prevails, when most of us are but
carbon copies of short-sighted rulers, we face a re turn to primitivism!" - Leonard E.
Read, The Love of Liberty, p. 26.
AUTHORITARIANISM: Who among us is simon-pure? Have I entirely freed myself of
this destructive attitude? Determining how much of this depravity is to be found among
Americans is easy enough: merely essay our own political front with its rapidly growing
and popularly supported authoritarianism - 'do as I say, or else.‟ For the past 40 years
elections have been races between political parties, each sparked by the very
domineering traits we profess to abhor in others. - True, we have not stooped to shooting
political opponents,..." – Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening? p.192. - However, we shot
immigrants, smugglers, drug users, tax resisters, i.e. "criminals" without victims, or other
people quite innocent but merely suspected of having broken any of our avalanches of
laws. And since they meddled with people's lives in so many ways, shooting top
politicians has become such a wide-spread activity that their security precautions have
grown and grown. I heard that the mayor of Detroit has about 20 bodyguards! - J.Z.,
AUTHORITARIANISM: You can't transplant a faculty. All creative action is volitional
and contingent upon individual faculties. Faculties - inventiveness, insight, intuition, and
the like - cannot be transplanted. Back-seat driving ( authoritarianism ) attempts to
transplant faculties and, thus, must fail." – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, VI. -
While faculties cannot be transplanted, at least not yet, access to them can be facilitated
in many market-like ways. And no specialised free market can be fully rendered
superfluous by the general free market. By fully developing all markets, including the
ideas and talent markets, we can make all special knowledge and abilities accessible to
all, at market prices. - J.Z., 1.2.93. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENT CENTRE
AUTHORITY: "... the police themselves know that less exertion of authority actually
produces an atmosphere of good-will and mutuality." - Michael Moorcock, The Retreat
from Liberty, p.31.
AUTHORITY: ... an utter loathing for anything that purports to be legitimate authority."
- THE DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP, No. 4, on Wilson/Shea's Illuminatis Series.
AUTHORITY: ... authority is not only bad for you and your family, but also doesn't
work. We are in the throes of a new revolution, Cornuelle says. It is a widespread,
grassroots rebellion against all sorts of authority. America is becoming unmanageable
because people don't want to be managed any more. The Consciousness III attitude, that
Charles Reich discovered among the campus generation, is rapidly pervading our entire
society." - John McClaughry, reviewing : De-managing America, by Richard Cornuelle. -
REASON, 7/76.
AUTHORITY: ... belief in Authority controlling a fixed, limited, changeless universe is
the pagan religion." - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.141.
AUTHORITY: ... declare war on all authority that is not based on courage and
manhood... the authority of lying priests, conniving judges, blackmailing police." - Jack
Parson's inspiration quoted by Robert Anton Wilson, in Cosmic Trigger, p.141. - Military
dictators often claimed to rest their case on heroic courage and manhood. - And why not
let them do their things to consenting victims? - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: ... having by woeful experience found the prevalence of corrupt interests
powerfully inclining most men once entrusted with authority, to pervert the same to their
own domination, and to the prejudice of our Peace and Liberties, ..." - John Lilburn, An
Agreement..., 1 May 1649.
AUTHORITY: ... it is unwise to trust authority blindly, even libertarian authority." -
Sharon Presley, on Block's Defending the Undefendable.
AUTHORITY: ... never brook men or men-made authorities as the source of life, liberty,
happiness, strength, consciousness." – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian
Leadership, p.31.
AUTHORITY: ... reject authority, for it is not only immoral but functionally
incompetent, which is unforgivable." - Paul Goodman, N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE,
14.7.68. - But those unable to see that should remain free to have their wished-for
authorities for themselves and over themselves. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: ... remembering that no momentary convenience can compensate for the
mischief which arises from our manufacturing little gods almighty, whether in the shape
of town corporations or central parliaments. ... compulsory powers have proved and must
always prove a curse and not a blessing..." Auberon Herbert, in Mack edition, p.159. -
AUTHORITY: ... that men were by nature equal and that authority was an artificial
concept or quality, originating in delegation by the subject." - Ludwig von Haller, in W.
A. Dunning: Political Theories from Rousseau to Spencer, 197. - DELEGATION,
AUTHORITY: ... the faculty of gathering another man's assent." - Keith C. Clark, in Sol
III, vol. II, no. 2. - Or enforcing! - J.Z., 2.2.93. – Since many authorities don‘t bother to
do it the hard way, by gaining individual consents. And their victims are not sufficiently
enlightened, armed, organized and trained to resist them effectively. – J.Z., 7.11.08.
AUTHORITY: ... the family is a social structure too. It is where we first learn about
authority - both sorts of authority, the reasonable and caring authority which advises us
not to put our hand into the fire, and the other authority which usurps our autonomy, our
right to make decisions for ourselves, and which degenerates into the brute exercise of
power." - Howard Clark, Making Non-Violent Revolution, p.11.
AUTHORITY: … it‟s important that no one ever be given authority to impose his or her
opinion on others by force.‖ – L. Neil Smith, Forge of the Elders, p.578. - POWER,
AUTHORITY: … there is no authority anywhere." - DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP,
No. 1.
AUTHORITY: A government may be freely chosen, but it is still not all of us. It is some
men vested with authority over other men." - Charles Frankel, The Democratic Prospect,
N.Y., Harper & Row, 1964, p. 136 & 30. - It is not freely chosen when it operates on the
principles of majoritarianism combined with territorialism. - J.Z., 2.2.93. – This simple
common-sense wisdom is still totally ignored in the foreign policy towards Iraq,
Afghanistan and most other ―countries‖, ―peoples‖, ―states‖ or governments. – and even
in the ―own‖ democracy‖. – J.Z., 7.11.08. – DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATION,
promised a prior philosopher to Hobbes.‖ - Chuang-tzu of China. - PLAYBOY, 6/79.
AUTHORITY: According to one authority, 'Acceptable Authority is a power that cannot
be INTELLIGENTLY or REASONABLY questioned. Questionable authority, then, would
be that which is slavishly feared or blindly worshiped." – Leonard E. Read, Who's
Listening? p.56. - How acceptable and to whom, is any authority that cannot be
intelligently or reasonably questioned? I would say such a check is a sine qua non for the
acceptability, at least for me, of any authority. - J.Z., 1.2.93. – Absolute authority should
always be questioned most. Especially the absolute territorial authority. – J.Z., 7.11.08.
AUTHORITY: According to our advice each should stay on the self-chosen path and
should not let himself be impressed by authority or public opinion or dominant fashion.‖
- Goethe, ―Sprueche in Prosa‖, J.Z. tr. of: ―Nach unserm Rat bleibe Jeder auf dem
eingeschlagenen Wege und lasse sich ja nicht durch Autoritaet imponieren, durch
allgemeine Uebereinstimmung bedraengen und durch Mode hinreissen.‖ -
AUTHORITY: All authority is a delusion, whether in theology or in sociology.
Everything is radically, even sickeningly, free." – Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea,
Illuminatus III, p.137.
AUTHORITY: All authority is a function of coding, of games rules. Men have arisen
again and again armed with pitchforks to fight armies with cannon; men have also
submitted docilely to the weakest and most tottery oppressors. It all depends on the extent
to which coding distorts perception and conditions the physical ( and mental ) reflexes. -
It seems at first glance that authority could not exist at all if all men were cowards or if
no men were cowards, but flourishes as it does only because most men are cowards and
some men are thieves. Actually, the inner dynamics of cowardice and submission on the
one hand and of heroism and rebellion on the other are seldom consciously realized
either by the ruling class or the servile class. Submission is identified not with cowardice
but with virtue, rebellion not with heroism but with evil. To the Roman slave-owners,
Spartacus was not a hero and the obedient slaves were not cowards; Spartacus was a
villain and the obedient slaves were virtuous. The obedient slaves believed this also. The
obedient always think of themselves as virtuous rather than cowardly." - Wilson/Shea,
AUTHORITY: All authority is quite degrading." - Oscar Wilde.
AUTHORITY: All authority over people is using them as things." - Michael Matteson, a
conscientious objector against conscription, who was imprisoned for this! - That would
serve only those right who have committed aggressive acts and those who have given
their individual consent to such an abuse. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: All claimed authority, whether among pirates or instates, tends to
aggrandise itself, to blaspheme God, to identify itself with divinity, to become aggressive,
and to be absorbed in the ends of those who wield it rather than in the common ends for
which it ostensibly exists. 'Without true righteousness', asks the saint, 'what is a state but
a band of robbers?'" - Mulford Q. Sibley, The Obligation to Disobey, p.31, on St.
Augustine. -Footnote: "His discussion of the whole question is dispersed among several
chapter of 'The City of God'. See Book II, chap. 21, Book IV, chap. 4; and Book XIX,
chaps 21,23 & 24."
AUTHORITY: All men of common sense disregard authority." - Lysander Spooner.
AUTHORITY: American society is being disfigured by its institutions. Authority forces
human material into unnatural shapes. Authority produces abundantly what presumably
it exists to prevent - the mal-distribution of responsibility. Misplaced responsibility drives
out the competent. A person trapped by a limiting myth cannot readily go beyond it." -
Richard Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.48.
AUTHORITY: Anarchy is society organized without authority, meaning by authority the
power to impose one's own will, and not the inevitable and beneficial fact that he, who
has greater understanding of, as well as the ability to carry out a task, succeeds more
easily in having his opinions accepted and in acting as a guide on the particular question
for those less able than himself." - Errico Malatesta, L'AGITAZIONE, June 4, 1897.
AUTHORITY: And what is political authority? It is the right to compel people to do
what they do not want to do or to refrain from doing what they want to do. There is
nothing else that government can do, that it has any competence for." - Frank Chodorov,
Out of Step, p.60. - The right? And is it really competent even in that? - J.Z., 2.2.93. –
Think e.g. of the often very extensive black markets. – J.Z., 7.11.08.
AUTHORITY: As long as people accept the principle of authority - that someone has the
right to tell them what to do, simply because that person possesses authority, we will
have a servile and potentially destructive society, government or no government." -
William Kingdon Clifford, LFB catalogue, Summer 75. - Who accepts, who does not? Is
society destructive or the state? - J.Z. - PEOPLE, CONSENT, STATE, SOCIETY
AUTHORITY: Authoritarian attitudes and behaviours, however, are not to be done
away with merely to relieve the pain of their affliction on others. Their destructive
influence on the self which exercises them must be weighed. - Plato suggested that the
real authoritarian is the real slave; that he is obliged to practice adulation, servility, and
flattery. His desires are impossible of satisfaction and thus he is truly poor. He grows
worse from having power; for power necessarily promotes jealousy, faithlessness,
injustice, unfriendliness, and impiety. Not only is he miserable himself, but he also makes
others equally as miserable." – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership,
AUTHORITY: Authority - to make it stick - must have, in back of it, a whip or stick." -
Arejas Vitkauskas, NEWS DIGEST INTERNATIONAL, Dec. 74.
AUTHORITY: Authority cannot be fair. It produces the hustler, the image-maker, the
bullshit artist. Ours is an age when the appearance of results is better than solid
accomplishments. It is the age of 'creative bookkeeping'. It is the age of getting ahead in
business without really doing anything." - Source not marked. Probably from Richard
Cornuelle, Demanaging America.
AUTHORITY: Authority ends where voluntary assent ends.‖ - Bertrand de Jouvenal.
AUTHORITY: Authority has every reason to fear the sceptic, for authority can rarely
survive in the face of doubt." - Robert Lindner, Education for Maturity, Must You
AUTHORITY: Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of
it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud, and vain.‖ - English poet Samuel Butler,
quoted by Leonard E. Read, in: ―How Do We Know?‖, p.84.
AUTHORITY: Authority is as destructive to those who exercise it as it is to those on
whom it is exercised.‖ - Oscar Wilde, in a letter to the editor of the DAILY
CHRONICLE. – Compare: ―Every leash has two ends." - Whoever is always in the
public eye has little private liberty left. Power addiction destroys the unique individuality
of the power holder first - and then the individualities of other people, subjected to him.
To gain more power or to hang on to that already required, no crime it thought to be too
much. Prof. Pitirim Sorokin pointed out that even the rate of ordinary crimes is higher
among politicians than among any other profession. - J.Z.,1.2.93.
AUTHORITY: Authority is as destructive to those who exercise it as it is to those on
whom it is exercised.‖ - Oscar Wilde, in a letter to the editor of the DAILY
AUTHORITY: Authority is never without hate.‖ - Euripides, Ion, c. 421-208 B.C., tr.
Ronald F. Willetts.
AUTHORITY: Authority is the capacity to win the consent of others.‖ - Jouvenal. - The
majoritarians think it is enough to win the consent of the majority to rule over it and the
minorities. But this consensus entitles only to rule over the majority. Each minority must
remain free to reach its own consensus. That is already achieved in most spheres of daily
living. Only the spheres of political, economic and social systems are pre-empted by
territorial powers. Liberation will not be complete until they, too, are reduced to
individual consent and exterritorial autonomy among volunteers. - J.Z., 2.2.93. -
AUTHORITY: Authority tends to assign jobs to those least able to do them.‖ - Richard
Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.61.
AUTHORITY: Authority was the first social idea of mankind. The second consisted in
working directly on the abolition of authority.‖ - Proudhon.
AUTHORITY: Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to
bruise than polish.": - Anne Bradstreet. – Sent in by C.B. - How much wisdom can there
be, in the authorities of a State that is still organized territorially i.e., inevitably ignores at
least to some extent the rights and liberties of some minorities under ―democratic‖
majority rule? – J.Z., 27.12.07. - GOVERNMENT, STATES
AUTHORITY: Because we have freed ourselves of the older, overt forms of authority,
we do not see that we become the prey of a new kind of authority. We have become
automatons who live under the illusion of being self-willing individuals..." - Erich
Fromm, Escape From Freedom.
AUTHORITY: But the kind of authority anarchism subscribes to is not the moral slavery
of the orthodox religionist but the authority of rationally derived ideas and feelings, each
individual man being his own judge of truth and falsehood." - Reichert, Partisans of
Freedom, p.150.
AUTHORITY: Can you not see that there are only two creeds in the world possible for
men; that there are only two sides on which a man can place himself? Are you for a free
world, or for a world placed under authority? Are you a socialist, a believer in the
majority, a believer in force, or do you take your stand on the fixed and inalienable rights
of the individual?" - Auberon Herbert, A Politician in Sight of Heaven, pp 118/119 in
Mack edition, essay 3.
AUTHORITY: Defy Authority." - quoting from THE AUSTRALIAN, 17.10.73, out of
context. - J.Z.
AUTHORITY: Despotic authority pushes us into endeavours not consonant with our
uniqueness and, conversely, it keeps us from endeavours which might effectively utilise
our real talents. Potential musical geniuses forced to work in the sputnik factory, for
instance!" – Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening? 57.
AUTHORITY: Distrust all authority, including my own. But trust liberty, not only in
yourself but in others." - J.Z., 30.5.74, 30.7.78. - TRUST & DISTRUST
AUTHORITY: Does it follow that I reject all authority? Far from me, such a thought. In
the matter of boots, I refer to the authority of the boot maker; concerning houses, canals,
or railroads, I consult that of the architect or engineer. For such and such knowledge I
apply to such and such a specialist. But I allow neither the boot maker nor the architect
nor the specialist to impose his authority on me. I listen to them freely and with all the
respect merited... reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure." -
Michael Bakunin, God and the State, 1871. - SPECIALISTS, DIVISION OF LABOUR,
AUTHORITY: Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute
rejection of authority." - Thomas H. Huxley, (1825-1895) Lay Sermons, 1870. –
AUTHORITY: From the day when the first members of councils placed exterior
authority higher than interior, that is to say, recognized the decisions of men united in
councils as more important and more sacred than reason and conscience, on that day
began lies that caused the loss of millions of human beings and which continue their
unhappy work to the present day." - Tolstoi, quoted in Read, Castles in the Air, p.95. -
AUTHORITY: From the viewpoint of duty, from the viewpoint of oaths, from the
viewpoint of the men who bossed the men, who bossed the men who bossed the men, who
in turn got their ideas and their convictions from official papers written by the last
generation, or men ten generations dead, who had written books and conceived traditions
and rules... A tangle-work of convention and protocol and axiomatic falsehoods that had
a bad beginning...." - Ross Rocklynne, They Fly So High, Amazing Stories, 6/52, The
History of the SF Magazine, p.202 of vol. 3.
AUTHORITY: Government is associated with authority, and there is nothing more
curious or disconcerting than the way in which a liberty-loving people has come to talk
about authority. If we care to examine the next job we have to do, to think out carefully at
how many points it rubs up against what is called authority, we cannot fail to be
surprised at the extent to which this government business has been developed. Needless
to say, authority does not mean authority; the word refers to some clerk in a public office
who requires a fee or a form, or both.‖ – Sir Ernest Benn, The State the Enemy, p.141. –
AUTHORITY: Governments cannot accept liberty as their fundamental basis for justice,
because governments rest upon authority and not upon liberty. To accept liberty as the
fundamental basis is to discard authority; that is, to discard government itself;..."
Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.20. - As usual, exterritorial governments
with voluntary members only are overlooked here. - J.Z., 2.2.93. - PANARCHISM
AUTHORITY: He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not
progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.‖ - James Russell Lowell, quoted in C. Bingham,
Men & Affairs, p.253. - SECURITY & STATESMANSHIP
AUTHORITY: History is there to teach us that all governments resemble one another
and are worth the same. The best are the worst. More cynicism among some, more
hypocrisy among others. At bottom, always the same proceedings, always the same
intolerance! Government is liberal only in appearance, for it has in reserve, under the
dust of legislative arsenals, some nice little law ... for use against troublesome
opposition. – Evil ... in the eyes of the anarchists does not lie in one form of government
more than another. It is in the governmental idea itself, it is in the principle of authority."
- Peter Kropotkin, courtroom speech in Lyons, 1883. - What he says here apply only to
territorial or imposed governments, not to voluntary, competing and exterritorial
governments over volunteers only. Authorities that are not imposed are no threats to free
men. They can still form their own free societies without governments. Thus they ought
to go for this option. Not only the freedom lovers but all others, too. To each the
government or non-governmental free society of his or her dreams. - J.Z., 2.2.93. -
AUTHORITY: Human society can be structured either according to the principle of
authority or according to the principle of liberty. Authority is a static social
configuration in which people act as superiors and inferiors: a sado-masochistic
relationship. Liberty is a dynamic social configuration in which people act as equals: an
erotic relationship. In every interaction between people, either Authority or Liberty is the
dominant factor. Families, churches, lodges, clubs, and corporations are either more
authoritarian than libertarian or more libertarian than authoritarian." - Wilson/Shea,
Illuminatus III, p.240.
AUTHORITY: I always thought that when authority began inspiring contempt, it had
stopped being authority.‖ - H. Beam Piper, Ministry … of Disturbance, p.18, in
AUTHORITY: I can never willingly invest any number of my fellow creators with that
unlimited authority which I should refuse to any one of them." – Leonard E. Read, The
Free Man's Almanac. - DEMOCRACY, MAJORITY
AUTHORITY: I despise you. I despise your order; your laws, your force-propped
authority. Hang me for it!" - Louis Lingg, on being sentenced to hang, 1886.
AUTHORITY: I will not be authorised to live, or authorised to die or authorised to act
the grim faced god to others." - Don Crick in The Different Drummer, p.108.
AUTHORITY: If the intention were the freest possible exploitation, in response to
economic forces, of the coal and steel resources of the community, then THE LAST
MARKET WILL DO OF ITSELF. When an authority is set up, that is a clear sign of
intention to ensure that economic forced do NOT produce their natural effect but that
something else happens instead." - Enoch Powell, THE FREEMAN, 5/73. - QUANGOS,
AUTHORITY: If there is an undeniable fact attested to a thousand times by experience,
it is the corrupting effect of authority on those in whose hands it is placed." - The Jura
Federation of the First International, 1871. - Those inclined to praise the Swiss cantonal
direct democracy to high heaven, should study its internal critics a bit more. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: In “The Lives of Children”, Dennison made the important distinction
between natural authority, which rests on experience, competence, wisdom and
commitment, on the respect, trust, and love of one person for another, and official or
coercive authority, which rests only on the power to bribe, to threaten, and to punish.
Many people find it hard to understand this difference, or to see that coercive authority
does not complement and support natural authority, but undermines and destroys it." -
John Holt, Instead of Education, p.109.
AUTHORITY: In any given society the authority of man over man runs in inverse
proportion to the intellectual development of that society." - Proudhon, Qu'est-ce que la
propriete? 1840.
AUTHORITY: In our opinion, authority not only is not necessary for social organisation
but, far from benefiting it, lives on it parasitically, hampers its development, and uses its
advantages for the special benefit of a particular class which exploits and oppresses the
others.‖ - Errico Malatesta, L'AGITAZIONE, June 4, 1897.
AUTHORITY: In the higher condition of society, toward which mankind is
unconsciously advancing, men will shun all responsibility for and arbitrary control over
the conduct of others as sedulously as during past ages they have sought them as the
chief good. Washington declined to be made king, and the whole world has not ceased to
make the welkin ring with laudations of the disinterested act. The time will come yet when
the declinature, on all hands, of every species of governmental authority over others, will
not even be deemed a virtue, but simply the plain dictate of enlightened self-interest. The
sentiment of the poet will then be recognized as an axiom of philosophy: 'Whoever
mounts the throne, - King, Priest, or Prophet, - Man alike shall groan.'" - , S. P.
Andrews, The Science of Society, p.31.
AUTHORITY: In the tradition of Emerson and Thoreau, Josiah Warren insisted that free
society can only survive where the individual stands as his own highest authority in
matters having to do with social and moral actions. Long before the shadow of Herbert
Spencer's social and political philosophy was to fall over the land, Josiah Warren was
exhorting his fellow Americans to beware of giving up even a modicum of their rights as
individuals." - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.69. - INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
AUTHORITY: Inasmuch as all the votes, given for you and your lawmakers, were given
in secret, all that you and they can say, in support of your authority as rulers, is that you
venture upon your acts as lawmakers, etc., not because you have any open, authentic,
written, legitimate authority granted to you by any human being, - for you can show
nothing of the kind, - but only because, from certain reports made to you of votes given in
secret, you have reason to believe that you have at your back a secret association strong
enough to sustain you by force, in case your authority should be resisted. - Is there a
government on earth that rests upon a more false, absurd, or tyrannical basis than that?‖
– Lysander Spooner: A Letter to Grover Cleveland, p. 11.
AUTHORITY: Industry needs not authority but freedom of contract, in its widest and
most far-reaching sense; and liberty can come, not through authority, but through the
denial of authority. Many now are strongly attracted by the socialistic theories of the
day; they are repelled only by the cast iron regulations that seem to be involved. We are
about to demonstrate a Socialism based upon a wider liberty than has ever yet prevailed.
( We call it Libertarian Socialism. )” - John Beverley Robinson, Economics of Liberty,
page 13.
AUTHORITY: Is any man good enough to be authorised to decide whether millions of
others are to live or die? " - J.Z., n.d. - DECISION ON WAR AND PEACE
AUTHORITY: It does not matter to me what authority anybody else has and whose
authority he has - as long as I can have mine over myself. - J.Z., 20.8.75, 30.7.78.
AUTHORITY: It does not tell us that this right of individual liberty rests upon an
immutable, natural principle, which no human power can make, unmake, or alter; nor
that all human authority, that claims to set it aside, or modify it, is nothing but falsehood,
absurdity, usurpation, tyranny, and crime." – Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover
Cleveland, p.27, Works I.
AUTHORITY: It is always well to remember that the commonest practice of mankind is
that a few shall impose authority and the majority shall submit." - Don Passos, THE
FREEMAN, 2/78, p. 126.
AUTHORITY: It is not just the coercive political power structure that must change.
People's attitudes toward authority must change. All authority, whether political,
scientific or whatever, which calls for unquestioning obedience and denial of individual
conscience and good sense, must be delegitimised." - William Kingdon Clifford, LFB
Summer catalogue, 75. - STATISM
AUTHORITY: It make no difference what he imagines this Authority to be - Ra or Baal
or Zeus or Jupiter; Cleopatra or the Mikado; or Economic Necessity or the Will of the
Masses or the Voice of the People; the stubborn fact is that there is no Authority, of any
kind, that controls individuals. They control themselves." – Rose Wilder Lane, The
Discovery of Freedom, p.179/80. - INDIVIDUALS & SELF-CONTROL
AUTHORITY: Less government authority, more individual freedom! - J.Z., 75.
AUTHORITY: LIBERTY denies the authority of anybody's 'public opinion', 'social
custom', 'consensus of the competent', and all other fashionable or scholarly despots, to
step between the individual and his free option in all things." – Benjamin R. Tucker.
AUTHORITY: Love work and hate lordship." - Saadia, in: The Wisdom of Israel, p.257.
– Israel, merely as the name for a territory or country or State can have no wisdom at all.
Possibly for most of the period from which these quotes are collected the State or country
of Israel did no longer exist. ―The Wisdom of Jews‖ might have been a better title. This
book, by Lewis Browne, appeared in 1962 and contains, indeed, many pearls. – J.Z.,
AUTHORITY: Man, proud man, - Drest in a little brief authority, - Most ignorant of
what he's most asur'd, - His glassy essence, like an angry ape, - Plays such fantastic
tricks before high Heaven, - As make the angels weep." - Shakespeare, Measure for
Measure, II, 1604.
AUTHORITY: Many people, of course, dislike authority, but not everyone realises that it
can be not only useless, but quite harmful." - David Jenkins, Job Power, p.8.
AUTHORITY: Minimise 'public authority and thus maximise personal liberty.'‖ -
Edmund A. Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 7/73, 399.
AUTHORITY: My hostility toward the principle of authority has in no way diminished.
The studies of history I have been pursuing in my spare time for the last ten years have
convinced me that it is the curse of society." - Proudhon, in S. Edwards, Proudhon, p.94. -
Rather, the curse of the State upon society. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: Nazism has been justly called an attack on civilisation. This
characterisation applies with equal force to every form of dictatorship; indeed, to every
kind of suppression and coercive authority. For what is civilisation in the true sense? All
progress has been essentially an enlargement of the liberties of the individual, with a
corresponding decrease of the authority wielded over him by external forces. This holds
good in the realm of physical as well as of political and economic existence." - Emma
Goldman, The Place of the Individual in Society, 1930's.
AUTHORITY: Never trust anyone who volunteers to assume authority." - Belkey's Law,
AUTHORITY: No authority has either sufficient time or interest nor intelligence to do all
your essential reading or other information searches for your particular case. - J.Z.,
AUTHORITY: No authority, no government, even if it be popular government; this is the
revolution." - P. J. Proudhon, The General Idea of Revolution in the 19th Century, 1851. -
No authority, no government, not even popular government, to be territorially imposed
upon a compulsory membership. But any authority or government, popular or not, if only
it is practised tolerantly, i.e. exterritorially and autonomously among and over volunteers
only. - See Panarchism. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: No more Authority! That is to say further: free contract in place of
arbitrary law; voluntary transactions in place of the control of the State; equitable and
reciprocal justice in place of sovereign and distributive justice; rational instead of
revealed morals; equilibrium of forces instead of equilibrium of powers; economic unity
in place of political centralisation. Once more, I ask, is not this what I may venture to
call a complete reversal, a turnover, a Revolution?..." - Proudhon, General Idea of
Revolution in the 19th Century. - MUTUALISM, VOLUNTARISM, ANARCHISM,
AUTHORITY: One spoke of the national workshops only with a kind of terror, for fear
of the people is the sickness of all those who belong to authority; the people, for those in
power, are the enemy." - Proudhon, Confessions of a Revolutionary, in George
Woodcock, Proudhon, p.129. - PEOPLE, POWER
AUTHORITY: Panarchists reject the authority of others and merely tolerantly
experiment among themselves on their own authority. - J.Z., 12.7.86.
AUTHORITY: Perhaps it is tough on human beings, that no Authority exists to take care
of them. But no such Authority does exist, or can exist. In the human world there is
nothing but individual persons, born free. That's the brutal fact. It is a tough job to be
free. But six thousand years of trying to escape from freedom were tougher." - Rose
Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.200.
AUTHORITY: Repudiation of authority may spring equally from maturity and
immaturity..." - Alex Comfort, Authority & Delinquency, p. 104.
AUTHORITY: Rocker has made it his guiding principle to take man as given and, taking
him as given, he finds him altogether too complex and incalculable to be formulated at
all - unless it be a formula to say the he IS complex and incalculable. - And the standard
of value, the test that he applies to cultures, institutions, social forms, is that they shall
leave to this incalculable complexity the utmost possible freedom - the utmost opportunity
to be complex and incalculable. His indictment of authority is that it seeks always and
inevitably to make man simple and calculable, seeks to make sure that he will always do
the expected thing at the expected time; and so must also decree that he may do only
certain sorts of things at all." - Ray E. Chase, translator to Rocker, Nationalism and
Culture. - Those in authority would like to reduce us to voters, taxpayers, subjects and
soldiers, i.e. their kinds of robots, their kind of property. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: Screw authority - before it screws you." - Dangerous Buttons, No. 231.
AUTHORITY: Since 1869, there has been coming out of Germany a world-current of
counter-revolutionary thinking. Marx was German; he led world socialism, that became
international communism; and, in Italy, Mussolini's (Fascist) dictatorship; and in Russia,
Lenin's and Stalin's (Proletarian) dictatorship, and, in Germany, Hitler's (National
Socialist) dictatorship. The basis of all these is belief that Authority can control
individuals for their own good, in a better social order than individuals can create for
themselves." - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.257.
AUTHORITY: So long as any large group of persons, anywhere on this earth, believe
the ancient superstition that some Authority is responsible for their welfare, they will set
up some image of that Authority and try to obey it. And the result will be poverty and
war." – Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.70.
AUTHORITY: Taking issue with Benjamin Tucker for too boldly asserting that liberty
and authority are mutually exclusive principles, Andrews argued that no such easy
proposition can be successfully maintained, for these two forms of human action always
stand in juxtaposition. Without doubt, Andrews held, freedom is the fundamental
prerequisite of a libertarian society, and it is the necessary condition for any true moral
act. Yet it is impossible to live one's life in such a way that authority plays no part
whatever in one's actions. 'We all do and must serve two masters, from the cradle to the
grave; two fundamental opposite principles, always and everywhere existing in the
nature of things, and the whole art of life consists in reconciling them approximately or
relatively, as they can never be reconciled absolutely." - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom.
- To choice of doctors and teachers and other consultants and experts, panarchism adds
the free choice among exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, or
panarchies, and the free enterprise opportunity to establish new panarchies and to ask for
volunteers to subscribe to them. - J.Z., 1.2.93. - PANARCHISM
AUTHORITY: That to prevent the many inconveniences apparently arising from the
long continuance of the same persons in authority, this present Parliament be
dissolved..." - An Agreement of the People, 1647, in A. L. Morton, Freedom in Arms,
AUTHORITY: The anarchists say much more clearly than liberals like Tocqueville and
Mill (who shared their elitism) that authority blessed by numbers was far less tractable
than authority consecrated by papal benediction and upheld by royalty. The more
stentorian the voice, the more numerous the people, the more dangerous the enemy! Max
Stirner cautioned: 'The monarch in the person of the "royal master' has been a paltry
monarch compared with the new monarch, the 'sovereign nation'. This monarchy was a
thousand times severer, stricter, and more consistent. Against the new monarch there was
no longer any right, any privilege at all; how limited the 'absolute king' of the ancient
regime looks in comparison! The revolution effected the transformation of limited
monarchy into absolute monarchy.'" - Benjamin R. Barber, Superman and Common Men,
p. 132.
AUTHORITY: The authorities were at their wit's end, nor had it taken them long to get
there." - Desmond McCarthy, 1877-1952. - But it would take a long time to get them to
admit this. In spite of their ignorance and helplessness, they want to go on keeping their
position of authority and monopolistic decision-making while unable to make morally
and rationally correct decisions, especially economic ones. - J.Z., 1.2.93.
AUTHORITY: The authority of government ... can have no pure right over my person
and my property but what I concede to it." - H. D. Thoreau: An Essay on Civil
Disobedience, 1849.
AUTHORITY: The Constitution itself, then, being of no authority, on what authority
does our government practically rest? On what ground can those who pretend to
administer it, claim the right to seize men's property, to restrain them of their natural
liberty of action, industry, and trade, and to kill all who deny their authority to dispose of
men's properties, liberties, and lives at their pleasure or discretion?" – Lysander
Spooner, No Treason, VI/27, VII, in Works I.
AUTHORITY: The Deity has not given any order or family of men authority over others,
and if any men have given it they only could give it for themselves." - Samuel Adams,
Speech on American Independence, July 4, 1776. - Compare how far from this pure
thought the U.S. government practice has come. It is always so much easier to apply
criticism to others than to oneself. It is always so much more pleasant to imagine oneself
as representing many others than to realize that no one can properly represent anyone
else, except for very limited and specifically authorised actions and that most people,
even politicians, find it hard to properly represent present even themselves. Does it really
require 200 to 300 years for such sentences to sink in, deeply enough, to arrived at
panarchism? - J.Z., 12.7.86, 2.2.93. – DELEGATION, REPRESENTATION
AUTHORITY: The delegation of authority is, along with economic pressure and force by
arms, the major method of human enslavement in the world today. The power is wrested
from the people and the people bow down. The people bow down at the ballot box as if to
say: 'I agree to obey your laws and follow your decisions, and if I don't, I give you
herewith the authority to punish me.' - The delegation of authority is a form of self-
demeaning submission like the payment of taxes, or service in armed bodies. - But of
course, we are all conditioned and educated to regard voting and the delegation of power
as a form of noble and humane conduct. Because when voting and the delegation of
power become recognisable as forms of submission, then the anarchist principle of
human freedom and human possibilities becomes clear also, and then we are ready to
make those changes that we anarchists call revolution." - Judith Malina, Anarchists and
the pro-hierarchical Left, ch.5, in H. J. Ehrlich et al, Reinventing Anarchy.
AUTHORITY: The follies of the fool are known to the world, but are hidden from
himself; the follies of the wise are known to himself, but hidden from the world." - C. C.
Colton, Lacon, 1820.- While investigative journalism has made progress, it is still far
from revealing all the follies and crimes of those in authority to the public. Naked power
and its effects are still rarely seen under their camouflage or if the effects are seen then
they are not seen as causally connected to authoritarian measures. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: The fundamental, decisive idea of this Revolution is it not this: NO
MORE AUTHORITY, neither in the Church, nor in the State, nor in land, nor in money?"
- Proudhon, General Idea of Revolution in the 19th Century. - This is the first passage
which I noticed in which he clearly attacked any kind of monetary despotism as well. -
Consequently, I can only assume that he wanted no monopoly, power or privilege for his
―Bank of the People‖ but intended it only as a competitive system. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: The great majority of people have a strong need for authority which they
can admire, to which they can submit, and which dominates and sometimes even ill-treats
them. We have learned from the psychology of the individual whence comes this need of
the masses. It is the longing for the father that lives in each of us from his childhood days,
for the same father whom the hero of legend boasts of having overcome." - Sigmund
Freud, Moses and Monotheism.
AUTHORITY: The higher the authority the greater the fool." - C. Stanton Hicks, Who
called the Cook a Bastard? - quoted in THE AUSTRALIAN, 28.3.73.
AUTHORITY: The history of every group of men who ever obeyed a living Authority is
a history of revolts against all forms of that Government..." - Lane, Discovery of
Freedom, p.15. – Is there such a thing as a ―living‖ authority or are they all dead abstracts
only, apart from being brain-dead? – J.Z., 7.11.08.
AUTHORITY: The negation of liberty." - Bakunin.
AUTHORITY: The Obsolescence of Authority". - Richard Cornuelle, Demanaging
America, ch. 3, heading.
AUTHORITY: The one who relies on authority during a discussion does not use his
mind but his memory.‖ - Leonardo da Vinci – RED, DISCUSSIONS
AUTHORITY: The problem of human life on this earth is the problem of finding the
method of applying combined human energies to this earth to get from it the necessities
of human life. - This problem has never been solved by assuming that an authority
controls individuals. To the degree that men in Government have assumed this authority
and responsibility, and have used their actual police force in attempting to control the
productive uses of human energy, to that degree the energy has failed to work. - For
instance: When the French weavers believed that Louis XIV controlled weaving, there
was one whole season when they did not move a shuttle. They were waiting for the King
to say how many threads of warp and of woof they might put into each inch of each kind
of cloth. True, if they had not waited, they would have lost their looms and perhaps their
heads, for Government is a use of force..." - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of
Freedom, p.39.
AUTHORITY: The purpose of LIBERTY, boiled down to its ultimate essence, is the
abolition of authority ... LIBERTY denies the authority of anybody's god to bind those
who do not accept it through persuasion and natural selection." - Benjamin R. Tucker.
AUTHORITY: The Royal charters had been grants of freedoms, from Governments to its
subjects. They rested on the old pagan belief that Authority controls individuals, that this
Authority is Government, and that no individual can do anything without permission from
that controlling Authority." - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.187.
AUTHORITY: The sailors and people of Kronstadt rebelled against the central power of
the Supreme Soviet and were brutally crushed. Their slogan is the essence of anarchism:
'Where authority begins, the revolution ends.'' - Rod Manis, How Can We Survive in an
age of Discontinuity? in Outside Looking In, p.416.
AUTHORITY: The statesman, who should attempt to direct private people in what
manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himself with a most
unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to
no single person, but to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere to be
so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy
himself fit to exercise it." - Adam Smith, quoted by Clarence B. Carson, in THE
FREEMAN, 4/76.
AUTHORITY: The struggle between liberty and authority is the most conspicuous
feature in the portions of history with which we are earliest familiar, particularly in that
of Greece, Rome and England." - J. S. Mill, On Liberty, I, 1859.
AUTHORITY: The tendency toward centralised authority is ... debilitating for the
individual in any case..." - source?
AUTHORITY: There can be no such thing as state authority as an end in itself, for, if
there were, every tyranny in this would be unassailable and sacred." - Adolf Hitler, Mein
Kampf, published by Houghton Mifflin Co. – Nevertheless, he systematically aimed and
temporarily achieved precisely that, at a huge price in murdered lives and destroyed
cities! – J.Z., 7.11.08. State, Tyranny, Dictatorships
AUTHORITY: There was widespread criticism of Galbraith's denigration of public
attitudes in terms of his being a 'tailfin-burner', like the book burner of an earlier day.
Who was he to tell people what they should like?" - Milton Friedman, From Galbraith to
Economic Freedom, p.14. - Authorities, at best, can offer good advice. They are not
authorised to give us orders. - J.Z., 10.6.82.
AUTHORITY: They know how to think. From the Arabs I have learned one Thing: if you
are led by Authority, that means you are led by a halter." - Adelard, circa 1100 AD. -
AUTHORITY: They replace the priest by a king, the king by an oligarchy, the oligarchs
by a despot, the despot by an aristocracy, the aristocrats by a majority, the majority by a
tyrant, the tyrant by oligarchs, the oligarchs by aristocrats, the aristocrats by a king, the
king by a parliament, the parliament by a dictator, the dictator by a king, the king by -
there's 6,000 years of it, in every language. - Every imaginable kind of living Authority
has been tried, and is still being tried somewhere on earth now. - All these kinds have
been tried, too, in every possible combination; the priest and the king, the king who is the
priest, the king who is God, the king and a senate, the king and the senate and a majority,
the senate and a tyrant, the tyrant and the aristocrats, a king and a parliament. - Try to
think of a combination; somewhere it has been tried.... Each of these kinds of living
Authority, and every one of the combinations, has worked all right, except that its
subjects did not get enough to eat." – Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom,
AUTHORITY: They stood against both monarchy and democracy, because they knew
that when men set up an imaginary Authority armed with force, they destroy all
opportunity to exercise their natural freedom." - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of
Freedom, p.179. - But they fell for Republicanism and Democracy! - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: This ancient belief in Authority is the whole basis of such shadowy
'nationalism' as actually exists. If there is no other Authority to obey, Europeans can only
obey an Authority that calls itself National. As a lost child will obey any adult, so a
Breton who has lost his own King will obey the Government of France, and a Bavarian
will obey the Government of Germany. - On the continent of Europe (excepting only
France) all Europeans obeyed their Kings until the first World War. They have never
questioned Authority. Their only outcry has been, and still is, that Authority does not
control them PROPERLY." – Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.149. -
Quite a few kings were deprived of their power in Europe, too, before that time. - J.Z.,
AUTHORITY: This malignant expansion of authority has not been the result of new
legislation passed by Congress. Rather, it stems from ever-new and often untenable
interpretations of existing law, made by federal functionaries to suit their own purposes (
and often, to satisfy personal whims )." - O. V. Garrison, The Dictocrats, p.37. -
Authority is the cancer of society. - J.Z., 1.7.80. - Actually, free societies, exterritorially
quite autonomous and having only voluntary members would be almost immune to this
kind of cancer attack. If such a society were sick the enlightened voluntary member could
simply withdraw from it and thus regain his full health. - J.Z., 26.9.02. - PANARCHISM
AUTHORITY: Though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is often led by the nose with
gold." - Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, IV, c. 1611. - AUTHORITY & CORRUPTION
AUTHORITY: Too many people are invested with authority exceeding their knowledge."
- W.G.P. – And their moral sense! – J.Z., 7.11.08.
AUTHORITY: Troublesome as is despotic authority, I am beginning to suspect that
hypothetic authority may represent an even greater threat to our well-being. This brand
of authority is not imposed on me by others but, instead, is supposed by me to be an
attribute of others. Unless my critical faculties are alert, I may regard many others as
authorities on all things because of their outstanding skills and knowledge about some
things. Because of their seeming credentials - academic degrees, titles, fame or notoriety,
prestige, and soon - the inclination is to hypothesise omni-competence. They are
regarded as the last and final word - authority - not only in areas where they are expert
but also in areas where they may be totally lacking in competence." – Leonard E. Read,
Who's Listening? p.57. - Compare: "For every tyrant a thousand ready slaves." - E. de
Boetie's "Voluntary Servitude", Ayn Rand's "Sanction of the Victim", and Statism and
Etatism. When these authorities on something, think themselves authorities on everything
or are generally thought to be, then begins what O. Y. Gasset called "The Barbarism of
AUTHORITY: Trust in authority? But it's your right as a free and equal individual to be
as authoritative as anybody else." - John Brunner, The Shockwave Rider, p.230.
AUTHORITY: Tucker's use of the word 'invasion' is remarkably precise, considering
that he wrote more than fifty years before the basic discoveries of ethology. Every act of
authority is, in fact, an invasion of the psychic and physical territory of another." -
Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, p.241. - AGGRESSION & INVASION
AUTHORITY: Tyranny - unless tempered by freedom." - Stefan Zweig. - A freedom
tampered with by tyranny is still too authoritarian for me. - J. Z., 2.2.93.
AUTHORITY: Undermine all authorities - except individually chosen ones, which
individuals remain free to leave again. - J.Z., 8.1.93.
AUTHORITY: VERY few men have ever known that men are free. Among this earth's
population now, few know that fact. - For 6,000 years at least, a majority has generally
believed in pagan gods. A pagan god, whatever it is called, is an Authority which ( men
believe ) controls the energy, the acts, and therefore the fate of all individuals. - The
pagan view of the universe is that it is static, motionless, limited, and controlled by an
Authority. The pagan view of man is that all individuals are, and by their nature should
and must be, controlled by some Authority outside themselves." - Rose Wilder Lane, The
Discovery of Freedom, p.3.
AUTHORITY: We believe that more is better and up is better. We believe that with more
authority we would get more accomplished. ... We believe that money and status will
give us the good life. We believe that rising to our level of incompetence is fulfillment.
We believe we should work and worry and climb the success ladder. How else can one
finance a heart attack? - Dr. Laurence J. Peter, Why Things Go Wrong or The Peter
Principle Revisited, George Allen & Unwin, p.108/109. - ACHIEVEMENTS,
AUTHORITY: When the individual does no longer recognize or tolerate any authority
over the affairs of his own life ... if, but these are so far merely pious wishes ... When it
finally begins to fall, the anti-life structure of the State, and the peoples save themselves
from the sinking wreck upon the safe land of liberty..." – John Henry Mackay,
Abrechung, S.151.
AUTHORITY: When these revolts succeed, they are called revolutions. But they are
revolutions only in the sense that a wheel's turning is a revolution. An Old World
revolution is only a movement around a motionless centre; it never breaks out of the
circle. Firm in the center is belief in Authority. No more than the Communist or the
National Socialist (Nazi) today, has any Old World revolutionist ever questioned that
belief; they all take it for granted that SOME Authority controls individuals..." – Rose
Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.16.
AUTHORITY: Where authority begins, there the revolution ends." - GOLOS TRUDA,
No. 14, 4 Nov. 1917, p. 1. - That, too, applies only to the territorial authority over
compulsory members and subjects. The exterritorial authority granted by volunteers is
another matter, while individual secessions remain an option. Panarchism makes one-
man-revolutions possible. - J.Z., 2.2.93. - REVOLUTION
AUTHORITY: Where people live under authority for any appreciable length of time, he
argued, their ability to govern themselves is bound to atrophy." - Reichert, Partisans of
Freedom, p.296, on Ezra H. Heywood.
AUTHORITY: Where there is authority there is no freedom." - Russian anarchist slogan
at burial of Kropotkin, quoted by Paul Avrich.
AUTHORITY: Whoever acts upon authority does, inevitably, not act in accordance with
his conscience.” – ―Wer auf Autoritaet hin handelt, handelt notwendig gewissenslos.‖ – J.
G. Fichte, 1798. - CONSCIENCE
AUTHORITY: Whoever insists upon his rank has already lost it and feels it." - Rychner.
AUTHORITY: Without attempting a complete argument, because of space limitations,
may I merely state categorically that there is only one way any human being can
physically inflict an injury and hence impose a 'wrong' on any other human being. He
presumes to act as the authority over another person or that other person's property
against that person's wishes. This is contrary to the basic nature of man as a profit-
seeker. As a profit-seeker, each of us seeks to make decisions over his own person and
property, and must do so to stay alive and to achieve any measure of satisfaction. I am
not speaking of children, nor of any other incomplete or incompetent mentality. I speak of
man qua man." - Robert LeFevre, THE FREEMAN, 4/79. - INJURY, HARM, WRONG,
AUTHORITY: Without it man cannot exist (*), and yet it brings as many errors as truths
(**); it perpetuates details that should be vanishing, refuses or lets pass by what should
be upheld and is the main cause that mankind does not (***) advance.‖ - Goethe,
―Sprueche in Prosa‖, J.Z. tr. of: ―Autoritaet. Ohne sie kann der Mensch nicht existieren,
und doch bringt sie eben so viel Irrtum als Wahrheit mit sich; sie verewigt im Einzelnen,
was einzeln voruebergehen sollte, lehnt ab und laesst voruebergehen, was festgehalten
werden sollte, und ist hauptsaechlich Ursache, dass die Menschheit nicht vom Flecke
kommt.‖ - - (*) That is what „authorities― keep asserting, even when they are quite wrong.
We need specialists, competing ones and free choice among them, but no single and over-
bearing authority over all of us. – (**) Actually, many, many more and sometimes hardly
any truths! – (***) sufficiently! - J.Z., 15.9.08. - GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM,
AUTHORITY: You are your own authority now,..." - William Hjortsberg, Gray Matters,
SF, p.143.
AUTOMATION & UNEMPLOYMENT: The first industrial revolution produced more
jobs than it destroyed, by lowering the cost of production and thereby increasing the
market. In England the first stocking frames were hacked to pieces by furious workers,
but the stocking industry employed a hundred men at the end of the nineteenth century
for every one man it employed at the beginning. - The U.S.A. citizens form the most
highly industrialised society in the world, with the highest standard of living, the highest
wages, the highest prices, the shortest hours - and the greatest productivity for consumer
goods. - Some of the industries in which mechanisation has gone furthest, such as the
motor industry, have simultaneously taken on large numbers of additional workers. -
Note by J.Z., n.d., no source, & 2.2.93.
AUTOMATION: ... tools free labor and capital for the production of more wealth." - Jim
Downard, THE CONNECTION 139 of 28.7.85. - Under full monetary and financial
freedom and in otherwise also liberated economies, a large number of job openings
would be available for anyone who had lost an outdated job through technological
developments. - J.Z., 2.2.93. – Tools, machines and automatic equipment increase
productivity and earnings but do not eliminate all jobs but, rather, create ever new ones,
while eliminating some old ones. For every employee there are now xyz tools, machines
and automatons working, without having deprived them of their jobs. But their jobs are
different than they were before – mostly easier and much better paid. – J.Z., 7.11.08.
AUTOMATION: Automation enables the same number of workers to produce more
goods, raising the standard of living for all.‖ - Mike Gunderloy, THE CONNECTION
120, p. 14, of 10 June 84. - For the real cause of involuntary mass unemployment in
peace times see especially under MONETARY DESPOTISM & MONETARY
AUTOMATION: Automation will cause people to work at different tasks; automation
will not gradually eliminate all jobs. As workers' real incomes grow, people may, as they
have done in the past, decide to buy more leisure. They will work fewer hours and take
longer vacations. Working less is not the same as not working at all..." - Angus Black, A
New Radical's Guide to Economic Reality, p. 68. - Workers ought to turn themselves into
employers of machines, automatons and robots, instead of considering themselves and
remaining forever the dependent employees of a relatively few owners of productive
capital. They have to develop some interest in this aim and in the several practicable and
rightful transition methods that have been proposed. - J.Z., 2.2.93 – DIS.
AUTOMATION: Fuller, Howard Scott, Dr. L. Wayne Benner, and dozens of other
technologists have pointed out that the only reason such total automation does not exist
yet is misguided ideology, not lack of hardware. Politicians, for instance, are always
promising a cure for unemployment, as if unemployment were a disease instead of the
natural condition of any advanced technological society. (??? – J.Z. ) As Fuller points
out, if we count energy in Aristotle's slave units ( the amount of work one enslaved human
can do in one day), then the average American owns 300 mechanical slaves in the form
of machines servicing her (his? - J.Z.) needs." - Robert A. Wilson, Illuminati Papers. –
Please not, that most are still working and working hard, nevertheless! But much more
productively! The term unemployment is not very aptly chosen. In a society in which all
individuals own automation equipment, each will be able to let machines, automation,
robots, do all the routine work for him, instead of having to slave at it himself. Even
routine orders could become automated and automatically realized by his equipment. An
income far beyond the own working capacity is already natural, due to technology and
capital investment now. This will be more so with their development and once a decisive
social reform has taken place: machines and resources are owned by all individuals, i.e.,
when everyone has become a capitalist. – But, like the modern businessmen, they will
still be busy, not unemployed in the present sense, and be it only with their hobbies,
scholarship, researches, amusements, crafts, arts activities etc. – And the whole universe
is waiting for them. It cannot only be explored by robots and automatic equipment. - J.Z.,
17.11.82, 7.11.08. - See: UNEMPLOYMENT, MACHINES, PROPERTY,
AUTOMATION: Grandfather never talked over a telephone in his life. I reach my son -
2,600 miles away - in 10 seconds; I have talked across the Pacific, to Buenos Aires,
Gander, London, Mexico, and to every nook and cranny of the U.S.A. If the robots have
disemployed me, it is from the limited opportunities Grandfather experienced. There is a
better way to put it: the robots have liberated, not disemployed humans." - Leonard E.
Read, Deeper Than You Think, p.64/64. - Actually, machines and automation have led to
a situation where the number of different jobs for biological human robots have increased
vastly, coming now to ca. 400,000 different job descriptions. Hopefully, in all of them,
mere laborious chores will be more and more done by mere machines. - J.Z., 2.2.93. ,
AUTOMATION: If automation caused unemployment, then it would follow that an
addition to the workforce of any mechanical energy equivalent to one man's energy - one
robot would disemploy one man. However, this is contrary to observed fact. Today in the
U.S.A. each worker has perhaps 135 mechanical slaves - helpers or robots - working for
him, each contributing energy equivalent to the energy of one human worker. If each
robot displaced one worker, the unemployment figure would be 135 times the present
work force - 10,800,000,000 - an utter absurdity." – Leonard E. Read, Deeper Than You
Think, p.60/61. In the footnote to "worker" he remarked: "The figure of 135 mechanical
slaves per worker is believed to be conservative, though there are too many variables to
afford proof positive. The electrical industry estimates that 57 KWHs is the equivalent to
the energy of a man working an 8-hour shift for a year. More than a trillion KWHs were
generated in 1965, which would mean nearly 200 electrical robots for each person in the
work force, assuming that there were no energy losses in transmission and use. Some
machines convert energy more efficiently than others; some humans are more energetic
than others, so the figure is a guess, at best." - And it does not include e.g. the animal
energies we still use, nor the wind- and sun-power not fed into the electric grid, nor, oil
and gas power consumption. - J.Z., 2.2.93. - MACHINES & UNEMPLOYMENT, DIS.
AUTOMATION: Is automation really a recent phenomenon? I think not. It started when
man first substituted a leaf for his hand to wipe himself." - Angus Black, A New Radical's
Guide to Economic Reality, p.65.
AUTOMATION: It always results in more – not less – employment. … And automation
has another side-effect: It increases production, which lowers prices.‖ - L. Neil Smith,
Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001,, p. 446.
AUTOMATION: Quite possibly we could settle the whole question in our own minds by
merely reflecting on primitive automation: the wheel and a domesticated animal. The ox-
drawn cart, instead of putting the owner out of work, gave him higher level work and
multiplied what he could produce and thus consume." – Leonard E. Read, Deeper Than
AUTOMATION: Robots put people out of work? On the contrary, robots become
economically feasible and appear in our lives only as the result of a scarcity of human
labour to accomplish all the tasks we want done. It doesn't pay to do by machine what
can be done more cheaply by hand. Businessmen tend to mechanise or automate after,
rather than before, labourers have moved away from a particular job." – Leonard E.
Read, Deeper than you Think, 63/64. - Or when they have coercively priced their
unionised services above their market value. – Underlining by me. - J.Z., 2.2.93. -
AUTOMATION: Should we go back to destroying automatic WCs and go back to
outhouses, ditches, buckets and burying the stuff every time or from time to time, just to
provide such work? - J.Z., 5.7.82. - UNEMPLOYMENT
AUTOMATION: Take the automobile, for instance, it disemployed buggy and wagon
workers, whip and harness makers, stable hands, and a host of others. True, some went to
work for the auto makers (*) but, nonetheless, the automobile - automated travel, the
product of automation - made for unemployment. So goes the chant. - Regardless of that
first impression, we know that robots do not, in fact, cause unemployment. For instance,
we have experienced an enormous outburst of automation, yet a high percentage of the
population - about 80,000,000 - is on the work force; today's many areas of acute labour
shortage refute the notion that automation causes unemployment." – Leonard E. Read,
Deeper Than You Think, p.59. - (*) I read some estimates, many years ago, that the car
industry in the U.S., at one stage, directly or indirectly, employed ca. 10% of the
workforce, probably more than were employed by the horse and buggy industry. Since
then, compulsory unionism, exploitative taxes, outdated hierarchical management
structures and other interventions have almost destroyed the U.S. car industry, by making
it non-competitive. - J.Z., 2.2.93. – UNEMPLOYMENT, DIS.
AUTOMATION: The belief that automation causes unemployment is based on illogical
premises. If it were true, the cumulative effect of all technological change over the past
several hundred years (*) would mean that scarcely anyone would now be employed.
Clearly, this is not the case. It will never be the case if the market place is allowed to
function freely, subject to the laws of supply and demand." - Shane Sody, GOLD COAST
BULLETIN, ca. 1978. - The workers ought to consider themselves as potential owners of
machines, instead of merely as their competitors, when they are owned by others. A free
market offers them x ways how they could become owners of almost all production
equipment within a few years, sometimes within a few days, if they seriously tried. - (*)
Why stop there, instead of counting in: the very first throwing stones, hammer stones,
stone axes and arrow heads? - J.Z., 2.2.93. – UNEMPLOYMENT, DIS.
AUTOMATION: The cybernetic age means the wage-economy being replaced by a
National Dividend economy. Folks like Douglas and Pound and Bucky Fuller have seen
that coming since the 1920s." - R. A. Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, p.59. - I had
expected better of Wilson. That is just another version of the illusion that riches for all
can be obtained merely through nationalisation, combined with massive technical and
scientific development. The massive malinvestments and waste that occur under a
nationalised system and its prevention of rapid progress in most spheres, excepting e.g.
military hardware, and even there only by over-spending, is ignored and that such a
system needs rather vast subsidies than being able to deliver surpluses. Surpluses can
only be expected when individuals and free associations can freely invest their own
properties in productive enterprises. Only then could we hope that the dividend part of
our total income will gradually grow higher and higher, until it finally replaces our
income from wages through work. Or only returns from our creative and play activities
would remain, provided that these pleased others also, so much that they would pay us
for them. - J.Z., 2.2.93. - Dividends from own savings invested in automation equipment,
instead of wages! - J.Z., 13.7.82. – Moreover, the invested capital would constitute
predone labor, even if with the assistance of robots. - UNEMPLOYMENT, MACHINES
AUTONOMY: ... No outside factor intervenes. There is complete autonomy." - D. A. de
Santillan, After the Revolution, 1936. - Alas, he envisioned this as happening after and
through the abolition of private property, probably in a coercive or revolutionary way,
i.e., via absolutist rule over as basic a right of others as this! This in spite of the fact that
alternative proposals have described rightful, non-violent and business-like ways for
workers to become owners of the productive facilities they now work with. - Their
business-like take-over bids, in which they would come to pay and buy out the present
employers, would not be fought by police forces and government armies but often
welcomed with open arms. Their under-utilised productive and creative potential is so
large that they could easily outbid any speculative take-over bid by mere financiers. Like
most financiers, they could pay e.g. with timed securities ( industrial bonds ) rather than
with cash. However, like the present employers, they would also remains victims of the
consequences of monetary despotism, i.e. have sales difficulties, until they introduce
monetary freedom, too. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTONOMY: ... support the claim of the Czechs to deny autonomy to several million
Germans and Slovaks, or the claim of the Germans, to deny autonomy to all Czechs?" -
Mises, Omnipotent Government, p.15. - Alas, Mises remained a supporter of statist,
collectivist and territorial monopolies when it came to introducing market relationships in
this sphere, via individual secessionism and consumer sovereignty and voluntary and
competing governments. And most of his followers, in this respect, have not yet
developed far beyond him, as yet, in this respect. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTONOMY: ... today, for the first time in human history, autonomy has become a live
option for millions." - Walter Kaufmann, Without Guilt and Justice, p.46. - Yes, we only
have to knock down the oppressive burden of statist territorialism and exclusive
sovereignties and compulsory membership. - J.Z., 2.2.93. – Panarchism will offer people
many different community package deals to choose from. And they would not be forever
tied to any one of them but could secede from the one they formerly choose and simply
join another one, which they would then believe to be better for them. – J.Z., 7.11.08.
AUTONOMY: Baring force and fraud, autonomy need never be abridged in society, if
autonomy is understood in the sense of individual sovereignty." - R. A. Childs, Jr.,
AUTONOMY: Baron von Ketteler, the Bishop of Mainz, who was one of the leaders of
this catholic social movement, pointed back to the Middle Ages, when a mass of
autonomous groups flourished and when 'concentrated unlimited power in the hands of a
single man was unknown'." - David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p.31. - POWER,
AUTONOMY: David Riesman's definition of autonomy thus focuses not on
nonconformity per se, but on the capacity to 'choose whether to conform or not.' – “The
Lonely Crowd”, N.Y., Anchor, p.279. - Footnote in Benjamin R. Barber, Superman &
Common Men, p.55. - The socially important factor is only whether the autonomy of
others becomes infringed. - J.Z., 18.11.76.
AUTONOMY: Either a man may do the best for himself with his faculties, or he and his
faculties may be sacrificed for the advantage of others." - Auberon Herbert, A Politician
in Sight of Heaven, in Mack edition, Essay 3, p. 111.
AUTONOMY: Every centralised state, however liberal it may pretend to be, whatever
republican form it may have, is nevertheless an oppressor, an exploiter of the working
masses for the benefit of the privileged classes. It needs an army to keep these masses in
check, and the existence of this armed force drives it into war. Hence I come to the
conclusion that international peace is impossible until the following principle is adopted
with all its logical consequences: Every people, whether weak or strong, little or great,
every province, every community, must be free and autonomous; free to live and to
administer itself according to its interests and special needs. In this right all people and
communities are so united that the principle cannot be violated with respect to a single
community without endangering all the rest at the same time." - Michael Bakunin, speech
at the congress of the Peace and Liberty League, 1867. - If workers of an enterprise
seriously considered purchasing it, on long terms, and under stable value clauses, they
could soon be its owners, without any revolutionary effort or sacrifices. If they applied
monetary freedom principles in paying their suppliers and wages, they would have many
less sales problems than the present employers have. - PEACE, LIBERTY,
AUTONOMY: For if the essence of men is that they are autonomous beings - authors of
values, or ends in themselves, the ultimate authority of which consists precisely in the fact
that they are willed freely - then nothing is worse than to treat them as if they were not
autonomous, but natural objects, played on by causal influences, creatures at the mercy
of external stimuli, whose choices can be manipulated by their rulers, whether by threats
of force or offers of rewards." - Isaiah Berlin, quoted in The Free Man's Almanac, ed. by
AUTONOMY: Full autonomy for everyone ( who is not aggressive ) and woe to anyone
who attempts to repress it. ( I.e. to all unofficial and official criminals. ) - J.Z., 77/78,
AUTONOMY: Gradually, progress toward a new organization form, based on autonomy
instead of autocracy, accelerated, and became a self-propelling, continuous process. In
the new plant, the workers participated from almost the beginning in planning and,
eventually, management..." - David Jenkins, Job Power, 255. - Revolutionary
panarchistic and exterritorial autonomy practices and theories in the job sphere are rather
numerous by now. In the sphere of territorial states or political, economic and social
systems they are still amiss, in most cases. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTONOMY: Humanity craves but dreads autonomy. One does not want to live under
the yoke of guilt and fear. Autonomy consists of making with open eyes the decisions that
give shape to one's life. But being afraid of making fateful decisions, one is empted to
hide autonomy in a metaphysical fog and to become side-tracked and bogged down in
puzzles about free will and determinism..." - Walter Kaufman, Without Guilt & Justice,
p.2. - Humanity is a figment of the imagination. It does not have any craving as a single
body. It consists of billions of autonomous bodies with different cravings. And because
they crave different things they like the opportunity to autonomously satisfy their
cravings, to the extent that this can be done without treating others as mere things or
sacrificial animals. Give the first few courageous people the chance to live as free and to
set examples to the rest, not in far away countries or even planets, in special ghettos or
enclaves, but right next door, under exterritorial autonomy and personal laws. - Then you
might have to step aside, in order not to be crushed by the rush. Compare the collapse of
the Iron Curtain, on the communist side, which now Western statists try to partly restore
from the Western side. - Compare the multitude of different activities which people,
somewhat autonomously and exterritorially, do already engage in privately, every day,
individually or in voluntary associations. - Only "sovereign statist activities" restricted
autonomous individualistic and voluntary actions in these public service spheres, so far.
Just knock these general chains or State monopolies down - and allow people to put on
their own, if they like any such jewellery or burdens or to try to live without them. Who,
for instance, could not manage his income once it is no longer taxed? - J.Z., 2.2.93,
AUTONOMY: In "Both East and West these ideologies aim at denying to individuals the
autonomous ( i.e. the conscious and self-managing ) exercise of their own activities. They
aim at depriving people of freedom and responsibility in a fundamental realm and at
obliging them to conform to externally imposed norms and to the pressures of 'public
opinion' rather than to criteria determined by each person according to this own needs
and experience..." - Maurice Brinton, The Irrational in Politics, p. 85.
AUTONOMY: In “a society infiltrated by ideas of emancipation and liberty', as Hugo
called it, the task remained for the romanticists to enlarge the political concept of
autonomy to encompass the whole man. The romanticists found 'a new formula for the
individual - le moi romantique'. This involved a revaluation of the concept of the ego, a
new valuation of self, an emphasis on the uniqueness of each being." - Jesse F. Knight, in
a review in LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, March 75.
AUTONOMY: In the FOUNDATIONS, for example, Kant claims that the Principle of
Autonomy is the supreme principle of morality." - Jeffrie G. Murphy, Kant, The
AUTONOMY: In the own house a fool knows his way around better than the philosopher
in a strange one." - Spanish Proverb. – ―The wearer knows best whether his shoe
pinches." - English proverb.
AUTONOMY: Man's autonomy is a given." - Michael R. Dillon, THE ACADEMIC
REVIEWER, Fall, Winter 73. - Compare Rose Wilder Lane's thesis in The Discovery of
Freedom, of the individual as the one and only controller of his own energies. - J.Z.,
AUTONOMY: Russell maintained that the theory of democracy demands more than
majority rule; it requires the division of the community into more or less autonomous
groups, which should have the right to determine those matters which affect their
members only. Actions of groups which are likely to have direct effects upon non-
members should be regulated by the State." - David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p. 88,
on Bertrand Russell, Democracy and Direct Action, p. 6. - That lets the criminal
territorial State creep in through the back door, to take over your property and your life,
again, always under the pretence that it would be in the common interest, that your
activities would harm others etc. The autonomous community approach would only work
well among people fully aware of their rights and liberties, at least in their international
relations and very critical towards "common good" appeals and their authoritarian
defenders. Alas, as is proven by all territorial constitutions, their avalanches of laws and
bureaucracies and jurisdictions, the science of mutual tolerance and respect for each
other's rights and liberties, is still vastly underdeveloped and the presumed protectors
have become the major aggressors. Russell was essentially a State Socialist still and as
such unaware of the freedom options to replace all territorial state services by
voluntaristic and competitive private alternative institutions. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AUTONOMY: Sociology points to the ways in which human beings can achieve secure
and satisfactory attitudes, but a condition of this kind of stability is the ability of
individuals and groups to create their own institutions without too much pressure from
outside." - Alex Comfort, Authority and Delinquency, p. 116. - STABILITY,
AUTONOMY: The essential principle of anarchy is INDIVIDUAL AUTONOMY." -
Emma Goldman, speech at the Congress of the Anarchist International, Amsterdam,
AUTONOMY: The presupposition of autonomy, treating each citizen as the best judge of
his own interest, places few restrictions on what counts as being in a citizen's interest." -
Dennis Thompson, quoted by David Jenkins, Job Power, p.175.
AUTONOMY: We must ... try to live in our own communities, if we want to live at all." -
Paul Goodman and S. Blankertz, Staatlichkeitswahn, 81. - PANARCHISM, PEACE &
AVERAGE MAN: Social science built on the average man would be like United States
geography built upon the concept of the 'average state': It has an area of 72,000 sq m,
and a population of 3.5 million. It has about 1,200 sq m of fresh water lakes and 37 sq m.
of salt lake. Its highest mountains are about 6,000 feet high. About 5,000 sq m of it lie in
the Arctic regions, where the ground is frozen the year round (permafrost). It has a
shoreline of about 150 miles. The average state produces yearly about 1/2 million barrels
of oil; 300,000 tons of coal; 50,000 pounds of copper; 10 million bushels of wheat; 3
million pounds of tobacco; 1 million bales of cotton; about 150,000 tons of citrus fruit
and 9,000 tons of pineapples." - R. J. Williams, You Are Extraordinary, p. 189. -
AVERAGE MAN: We as individuals cannot be averaged with other people. Inborn
individuality is a highly significant factor in all our lives - as inescapable as the fact that
we are human. Individuality can never be obliterated." - R. J. Williams, You Are
Extraordinary, p. 17. - INDIVIDUALS, MAN
AWARENESS: ... develop the awareness that we are not simply members of some
community, religion or nation. Or simply part of a specific place and a specific time. But
that we are members of this entire human family, creatures of this entire planet, part of a
dynamic continuity - and ongoing forward-thrusting evolution whose origins go back to
the animals, the forests, the oceans, but whose potentials are now suddenly infinite." - F.
M. Esfandiary, Up-Wingers, 1973, p. 17.
AWARENESS: One who is unaware that freedom is responsible for his largesse is easy
prey for all the socialistic clichés authoritarians can invent. This common insensitivity
also solves an annoying puzzle, that is, it explains to me for the first time why countless
so-called wealthy people have no interest whatsoever in the freedom philosophy." –
Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign,p. 54. - Many to most of them made their "killing"
through monopolies or privileges or bribery. They are doing well enough, in spite of all
the lack of liberties we complain about. They are to that extent satisfied with the status
quo and fear any change, especially one which would grant others more liberties, instead
of keeping them dependent. - In extreme cases they are like Mafia bosses, who definitely
would not welcome a truly free market, because it would render them superfluous and
lead to effective defences against any further aggressions they might want to commit
against innocents. - J.Z., 2.2.93.
AXIOMS: An axiom is a proposition that defeats its opponents by the fact that they have
to accept it and use it in the process of any attempt to deny it. Let the caveman who does
not choose to accept the axiom of identity, try to present his theory without using the
concept of identity or any concept derived from it." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, quoted
by Mrs. Young, Sydney, in her book manuscript on A.R., in the appendix.
AXIOMS: An axiom is a statement that defeats its opponents by the fact that they have to
accept it and use it in the process of any attempt to deny it." - Mentioned by: Carl
Watner, Towards a Proprietary Theory of Justice. ( See the quote from Ayn Rand,
above! ) - He offers only 2: The Self-Ownership Axiom and the Homesteading Axiom. –
Aren‘t all well formulated and genuine individual rights, as practical applications of the
correct definition of ―right‖ also axiomatic? Their opponents would have to use them, e.g.
freedom of expression, freedom of information, freedom to participate in meetings and
freedom of association, freedom to write and read, in attempts to refute them. If this is
true, then it is all the more inexcusable that libertarians have not yet bothered to compile
a comprehensive and ideally expressed declaration of individual rights and liberties. No
wonder though, considering that they have not even agreed upon a common definition of
―right‖ as yet. Some of their radicals – e.g. Max Stirner and his followers, even argue
against the very concept of rights! And this in spite of the fact that – to my knowledge,
none of them has refuted the definition of ―right‖ provided by Immanuel Kant, over 200
years ago! – No wonder then, that libertarianism hasn‘t advance enough as yet. - J.Z.,

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