The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
Apr
20

Bloomberg

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“Using economics to influence public behavior is something this country is built on — it’s called capitalism,” Bloomberg said. “Tax policy influences you to drill here and mine there, and grow this and live here and do that.” http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_re_us/traffic_congestion_fee Implementing regressive city taxes to manipulate public behavior and call... [More]


Democracy in America is arguably the most erudite observation of American life that has ever been written. Further, as you read it you are constantly amazed at the prophetic power that Tocqueville posseses. It is hard to believe it was first published in 1835 – before the Civil War. There is a chapter in this book titled “What sort of despotism democratic nations have to fear” th... [More]


A word about this page: This list is by no means complete and will be ever expanding. Additionally, I’ve tried to compile mostly primary historical materials. In other words, this list for the most part will consist of readings that come directly from the sources of history as opposed to books written by historians who are conveying their own impressions of that history. There is certainly n... [More]


These quotes have not been compiled by searching around on the Internet or email chains. Most of them were transcribed directly from the books or works I was reading at the time I encountered them. A very few have come from historians or authors who were quoting another source. I believe there are many Americans out there who think perhaps that we are bound by fate to live under the subjugation... [More]


Apr
20

Iraq Experiment

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”In Iraq we are bringing peace, and we are at this moment giving them such freedom and self-government as they could never under any conceivable conditions have obtained had we turned them loose to sink into a welter of blood and confusion, or to become the prey of some strong tyranny without or within. The bare recital of the facts is sufficient to show that we did our duty; and what proude... [More]