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Quotation of the Day…

… is from pages 144-145 of the Timbro edition of Roger Tanner’s translation of Johan Norberg’s powerful 2001 book, In Defense of Global Capitalism (original emphasis): It is not the countries with abundant raw materials that have grown fastest, and often they are held back, because natural assets give rise to internal conflicts.  No, the main reason for [...] [...]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from pages 101-102 of Robert Higgs’s indispensable 2004 collection, Against Leviathan; specifically, it’s from Bob’s 2002 Independent Review essay “Governments Protect Us?” (original emphasis; footnotes excluded). My skepticism springs in part from my improved understanding of just how horrendously destructive and murderous governments have been, not only by their involvement in wars with other governments, but [...] [...]

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 663 of Little, Brown’s Fifth “Bigelow” edition (1891) of Justice Joseph Story‘s storied 1833 Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States: The constitution was, from its very origin, contemplated to be the frame of a national government, of special and enumerated powers, and not of general and unlimited powers.  This is [...] [...]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from Thomas Jefferson’s 1791 reflections on the U.S. Constitution’s delegation of powers to the national government.  Jefferson’s quotation appears in the following passage from page 165 of Noble Cunningham’s outstanding 1987 biography of Jefferson, In Pursuit of Reason (emphasis original to Jefferson; footnote added): He [Jefferson] then considered the general phrase of the [...] [...]