Government Quotes

All external government is tyranny.

Benjamin Tucker

Government: a disease of overpopulated civilizations

There can be no such thing as “limited government,”
because there is no way to control an entity
that in principle enjoys a monopoly of power …

Joseph Sobran

Government: the Institutionalization of Interference

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

H.L. Mencken

People trust their governments to cheat on their behalf

The State recognizes no coinage but power:
and it issues the coins itself.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Humans are not competent to write laws; but incompetence doesn’t deter us.

You can shear a sheep many times but skin it only once.

Government would be night impossible without the public as a co-conspirator.

A country that gets strong off its weak

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Expect nothing but stupidity, venality, mismanagement … (from God or man) and you won’t be disappointed.

The state is concentric and the individual is eccentric.

James Joyce

The purpose of government is to coerce funding for corrupt institutions: to make sure that the temples’ money tables are upright.

First, government is how a society gangs up on its neighbors.
Finally, government is how a society gangs up on itself.

(After all, top predators themselves need a check.)

We are a democracy of disinformation, demagogery, & delusion.

Kleptocracy Quotes


About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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