Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Quotes of the day

Only in a highly politicized bureaucracy could the Constitution be viewed as a subversive manifesto.--William Jacobson

In countries where a woman has a virtually unfettered right to choose abortion, the result is that women overwhelmingly choose to abort female fetuses.--William Jacobson

And indeed, the political battle over health care is infused with the belief that you shouldn't have to think about cost--that it is immoral to deny anyone a treatment that might help them.--Megan McArdle

By [Douglas McIntyre's] numbers, total pirate loot for this year will probably be somewhere around $200 million. Of course they have various expenses, such as boats, GPS equipment and most importantly protection -- some would liken that to a mafia payoff, though in developed economies we'd call it "taxation."--Joe Weisenthal

And, indeed, what is the State anyway but organized banditry? What is taxation but theft on a gigantic, unchecked, scale? What is war but mass murder on a scale impossible by private police forces? What is conscription but mass enslavement? Can anyone envision a private police force getting away with a tiny fraction of what States get away with, and do habitually, year after year, century after century?--Murray Rothbard

Many union members, whose dues are being used to fund this odd alliance [with environmental groups], might be shocked to find out they were paying to hasten the demise of the industries employing them.--Jennifer Rubin

At least with regard to sex, MIT economics majors are not putting the freak in Freakonomics.--Ian Ayers

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