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  • We only censor that which we fear.


  • Before any law comes into being, no matter how successful it may become in achieving its end, it should first be considered if the law itself will produce more harm through its implementation, then would have occurred in the law's absence.


  • One reason so many governments fail is because those in power so often require agreement of those below them.


  • It isn’t the fact that America is the world’s only superpower that causes hate in the fundamentalist Muslim community, it is that America represents the zenith of Western economic success that acts just like a competitive religion that entices those in a fundamentalist culture to question their own values.


  • Although there are exceptions, the most likely result of giving money, without its being earned, is to increase the very problem that was originally intended to be solved.


  • In a market economy, individuals are paid what the market dictates the worth of anything to be; those that find this repugnant apparently believe that individuals should be paid based on what politicians believe the worth of anything to be. The first reflects reality, the second idealistic foolishness.


  • The Bill of Rights guarantees us the right of free speech unaccompanied or proceeded by thought. This right is not underused.


  • The editorial bias of newspapers and broadcasters is detected in what they choose to relate or choose not to relate, and to the extent that they emphasize anything.


  • The biggest opponents of property rights are usually those with little property or those politicians trying to attract those with little property.


  • In a presidential election, the challenger must convince the public that they will be better off if they elect him, while the incumbent must convince the public that they will be worse off if they don’t elect him.


  • The greatest threat to America doesn’t come from terrorism but from the powers that are given our government to deal with this threat. Power, once vested in a government, has the tendency, over long periods, to grow into a dictatorship. Since this threat is likely to last for decades, we should expect this power to grow well beyond anyone’s expectations in 2004.


  • Those that have never gained power over themselves, should never be entrusted with power over others.


  • WALT HASKINS


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