+ A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always…Details
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
2007:2011: Hoppe quoted Mencken in an insightful column (read it; it rocks) about how democratic governance always attracts bad evil men: Politicians seldom if ever get [into public office] by merit alone, at least in democratic states. Sometimes, to be sure, it happens, but only by a kind of miracle. They are chosen normally for…Details
+ A short explanation on why conservativism must mean minarchism or anarchism: But historicist contempt and ignorance of economics does not alter the fact that inexorable economic laws exist. You cannot have your cake and eat it too, for instance. Or what you consume now cannot be consumed again in the future. Or producing more…Details
from Protagoras: Protagoras: Truth is relative. It is only a matter of opinion. Socrates: You mean that truth is mere subjective opinion? Protagoras: Exactly. What is true for you is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Truth is subjective. Socrates: Do you really mean that? That my opinion…Details
In 1938, Tolkien was preparing to release The Hobbit in Germany. The publishers first wanted to know if he was of Aryan descent. This was his response: …if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no…Details