“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.”--Thomas Jefferson
“There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.”--James Madison
“Inequality will exist as long as liberty exists. It unavoidably results from the very liberty itself.”--Alexander Hamilton
“I love liberty; I hate equality”--John Randolph, served five terms in the U.S. Congress between 1799 and 1829
“Everything we did at FedEx was possible only because we systematically dismantled government regulations.”--Frederick Smith, Chairman and CEO of FedEx, world's largest transportation system, with revenues of $30 billion and a quarter million employees.
“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or anything else...If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.”--Thomas Jefferson
“It is impossible, from a managerial standpoint, for the federal government to do the things it is trying to do today.”--Frederick Smith, Chairman and CEO of FedEx.
“We've staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us...to Govern ourselves...”--James Madison
“By giving government unlimited powers, the most arbitrary rule can be made legal and in this way democracy may set up the most complete despotism imaginable.”--Friedrich Hayek, Nobel Prize-winning economist
“The chief danger today is that, once an aim of government is accepted as legitimate, it is then assumed that even means contrary to the principles of freedom may be legitimately employed.”--Friedrich Hayek
“We live in such a period of transformation of the law by inner forces...[that if] allowed to work themselves out to their logical consequences, law as we know it as the chief protector of the individual is bound to disappear.”--Friedrich Hayek
“Property, the right to enjoy the fruits of one's labor, the right to work, to develop, to exercise one's faculties, according to his own understanding, without the state intervening otherwise than by its protective action--this is what is meant by liberty.”--Frederic Bastiat, economist (1801-1850)